Confessions of a Government Man: How to Succeed in any Bureaucracy - Funny Happenings at High Places - by Alan Greenberg

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Confessions of a Government Man: How to Succeed in any Bureaucracy mixes salty New York culture and a cast of characters worthy of Hollywood. Alan L. Greenberg’s often hilarious memoirs recount a successful career in which he dealt with a vast variety of influential people.

Mr. Greenberg hit a home run! Well done... CONGRATULATIONS for allowing us plain folk to see what really goes on behind the scenes in our government with its Damon Runyon-esque cast of characters. Lew Duberman, CFO (Retired), Helene Curtis Industries

Confessions of a Government Man: How to Succeed in any Bureaucracy, published by Dog Ear Publishing, mixes salty New York culture and a cast of characters worthy of Hollywood. Alan L. Greenberg’s often hilarious memoirs recount a successful career in which he dealt with a vast variety of influential people. On one hand there were members of congress, judges, military leaders and giants of industry. On the other hand he had to cope with community agitators, petty thieves, urban hustlers and garden variety con-men. With the authority to spend billions in taxpayer money, he was very popular with the construction industry and politicians who liked the spotlight. While navigating the currents of governmental work, some of the “bumps along the road” included having a curse put on him by a spiritual leader, seeing his work satirized on late-night TV and being detained at gunpoint by a judge. With examples from his own experience, the author aims to motivate those working in large organizations, as well as to entertain.

From accounts of his first day in government when he was welcomed less than cordially, to his retirement party which he likened to a mob funeral with the exception that the guest of honor was still alive, there is non-stop and often zany action. Tales include some slight of hand with a U.S. president and smoke and mirror money tricks. There are colorful quotes from surprising sources and the author pulls no punches when it comes to biting humor and solid advice for business and life. Along the way we meet eccentric lawyers, irrational judges, self-indulging politicians, trigger-happy law-and-order types and many more. On the risqué side there are also strippers, hookers and love triangles which threatened to blow up in an otherwise tranquil government office.

Alan L. Greenberg retired as the senior official in New York with the Public Buildings Service of the U.S. General Services Administration. In that capacity he had direct responsibility for some of the largest and most controversial federal construction projects in the country.

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Confessions of a Government Man
Alan L. Greenberg
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-160844-342-0 320 pages $19.95 US

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