Vladimir Putin

Cohon, George A.

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The book that the speaker wrote. Its reoccurring themes. Never forgetting from where you came. Remembering your roots and wings. Spreading your wings. Some personal history. The ghost writer and co-author of the book, David McFarlane and the speaker's experience in working with him. Having fun at work. The part of the book that talks about the speaker's experience in the Soviet Union. How the story of the book began. 14 years to make a deal. Pessimism about the deal. Some statistics from the restaurant at opening, and some from today. The speaker's meeting with a customer in the restaurant and to what that lead. The speaker's relationship with President Gorbachev, and Yeltzin. The importance of charity. Raising money for Ronald McDonald Children's Charities of Canada. The McDonald's philosophy to be good corporate citizens.