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Conversations with Papa Charlie

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David Bruce Smith offers us this charming memory of his remarkable grandfather—a Russian Jew who immigrated to America in 1911 and built the Charles E. Smith real estate empire.

In these pages, you too will feel you are listening to stories about the amazing life of this kindly but business-savvy entrepreneur, and to gentle advice for succeeding in your own life.

“I was a lucky grandson,” writes David Bruce Smith. “Papa Charlie was kind and gentle, and his laughter could instantly dispel sadness. His eyes always sparkled with youth because he was ever-youthful and adventurous. But the most important thing he did for me was to constantly encourage me, even if I didn’t always understand why.”

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Reviews for Conversations with Papa Charlie

Inspiring, sweet stories, April 11, 2001
Reviewer: A reader from Bethesda, MD

Conversations with Papa Charlie made me miss my grandfather and the stories he used to tell me. Growing up in the Washington area, Charles E. Smith was a familiar name to me. I always thought it was a made up corporate entity. It’s nice to see that Charles Smith was a real person, and not a heartless corporate giant. I recommend this book to all those who are looking for a little guidance in life, and for anyone who just wants to read some heartwarming stories.

You Won’t Forget Him, October 17, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from Washington, DC

Every day, we hear names of business giants such as Bill Gates or John D. Rockefeller. But what we don’t hear is the story of what makes or made these men who they were. How they lived. Who they loved. What inspired them. What they ate for breakfast.

Conversations With Papa Charlie gave me a real look behind the scenes at Charles E. Smith—one of the biggest names in real estate. I discovered who Charles E. Smith really was—his successes, his failures and lessons—not just for business but for life.

It is a magical and charming memoir that I would recommend for anyone of any age who wants to be inspired.

Editorial Reviews

Washingtonian — “Papa Charlie’s pieces of advice are decidely homespun . . . this unassuming volume turns around and ends on an astonishingly poetic note . . .”

Rockville Gazette — “Clearly shows that this connection lives on after Charles E. Smith’s death . . . Papa Charlie would be proud.”

The Georgetowner — “It reads like a recipe for success . . . subtly reveals the wisdom of a man who made significant contributions . . .”

The Washington Times — “Smith was a legend in DC, but few people know he gave the best advice this side of Dear Abby.”

Montgomery County Sentinel — “heartwarming tale . . . endearing . . . will bring tears to readers eyes . . .”

Washington Jewish Week — “In essence, this is a memoir written by a loving grandson.”

The Connection — “He would be a good example for others to use . . .”

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