After Groton and Yale, tall, handsome William Averell Harriman came face to face with a problem which plagues only the sons of the rich. Should he take a job, or shouldn't he? He had no need of money. He had been obviously out of place during a period he spent as a section hand on his father's Union Pacific Railroad. But he chose the difficult path.

In two decades of dutiful adventuring in business, Averell Harriman took flyers in foreign mines, in steamship lines, a motion-picture enterprise, and airlines. He stayed with none...

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