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A great deal has been written about Starbucks since its inception in 1971. Google Starbucks and you’ll find thousands of articles about the company and its growth to what is today the undisputed leader in the specialty coffee business.
But the book How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill provides a unique perspective on the company from one of its “partners,” as the company calls its associates.
Gill came to Starbucks following a 25-year career with the J. Walter Thomson advertising agency. As a 60-something-year-old white male, Yale graduate, he suddenly found himself a minority surrounded by young, energetic workers, mostly African-Americans.