About the Book
But at age 86, Pres was roused to come back and save Friendly’s, his "baby," from the management team that had bought it from Hershey. Pres fought for seven years to liberate Friendly’s from mismanagement. Seven years and eleven million dollars later, Pres got what he had hoped for: a new owner of the company who would handle Friendly’s with care.
Harvard Business School has included the story of Pres’s lawsuit as a management case study in corporate governance.
A Friendly Life is a fascinating portrait of a man whose life has been guided by his principles. The book reminds us that you’re never too old to fight for what you believe is right.
From the Preface by Lyman Wood
This book is about Pres Blake’s life and values. It is also a view into the type of people and the unethical behavior that are presently devastating the world economy. Massive egos, short cuts, deceit and illegal actions are principle causes of our nation’s present precarious economic position. Thank goodness Pres hasn’t had to wrestle with skunks his entire life. He’s enjoyed himself. He’s sailed the seas, traveled the world, met the great and near-great. He’s logged enough adventures for two lifetimes. In this book you’ll share those adventures and meet some of the most admirable people in the world. I envy you your experience!