Coles’ autobiography a case study in perseverance (Dekalb Neighbor)


KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug 29, 2018) — Michael J. Coles has made it a habit to not only defy the odds against him, but also to turn obstacles into opportunities, near-fatal tragedies into triumphs and poverty into philanthropic success.

The historic Brookhaven resident's autobiography, co-authored by Catherine M. Lewis, Ph.D., is titled "Time to Get Tough: How Cookies, Coffee and a Crash Led to Success in Business and Life."

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