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A memoir of risk-taking, poignancy yet redemption, On the Edge recounts University of Washington grad, Stephen Murphy's odyssey east to Harvard Business School. Feel his pain as his hopes come crashing down. Watch him struggle through Vietnam and Pacific typhoons, but find his way to Columbia Business School and later Brazil. How does he live in an infamous favela in Rio d A memoir of risk-taking, poignancy yet redemption, On the Edge recounts University of Washington grad, Stephen Murphy's odyssey east to Harvard Business School. Feel his pain as his hopes come crashing down. Watch him struggle through Vietnam and Pacific typhoons, but find his way to Columbia Business School and later Brazil. How does he live in an infamous favela in Rio de Janeiro, as an international banker, or end up with Hollywood studios, fighting pirates? Or how does he run the gauntlet in both Bush administrations inside the Beltway, yet keep his cool? In twelve chapters focused on "turning points of life," On the Edge: An Odyssey gives inspiration to professionals to land on their feet despite harsh circumstance. "On the Edge seeks to recollect the author's life with large strokes, while zooming in on specific events that stand out. However, it is not a story told without purpose. Rather, the author's life story is shown to be one of seeking his raison d'etre... finally coming to find meaning in faith and in connecting peoples of the Americas. This book was a great read, and I am thankful that you have decided to share your adventures and lessons learned with many readers." --CreateSpace, Jon, editor"


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A memoir of risk-taking, poignancy yet redemption, On the Edge recounts University of Washington grad, Stephen Murphy's odyssey east to Harvard Business School. Feel his pain as his hopes come crashing down. Watch him struggle through Vietnam and Pacific typhoons, but find his way to Columbia Business School and later Brazil. How does he live in an infamous favela in Rio d A memoir of risk-taking, poignancy yet redemption, On the Edge recounts University of Washington grad, Stephen Murphy's odyssey east to Harvard Business School. Feel his pain as his hopes come crashing down. Watch him struggle through Vietnam and Pacific typhoons, but find his way to Columbia Business School and later Brazil. How does he live in an infamous favela in Rio de Janeiro, as an international banker, or end up with Hollywood studios, fighting pirates? Or how does he run the gauntlet in both Bush administrations inside the Beltway, yet keep his cool? In twelve chapters focused on "turning points of life," On the Edge: An Odyssey gives inspiration to professionals to land on their feet despite harsh circumstance. "On the Edge seeks to recollect the author's life with large strokes, while zooming in on specific events that stand out. However, it is not a story told without purpose. Rather, the author's life story is shown to be one of seeking his raison d'etre... finally coming to find meaning in faith and in connecting peoples of the Americas. This book was a great read, and I am thankful that you have decided to share your adventures and lessons learned with many readers." --CreateSpace, Jon, editor"

10 review for On The Edge: An Odyssey

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steven Bavaria

    Steve Murphy chronicles his career as a young adult in the 1960s with hopes and dreams facing a reality of Vietnam and a world just beginning to become what we now call "globalized." The choices he made led him through academia, international banking, life up close and personal in the so-called "third world," politics.........and I suspect he is far from finished with his personal adventures. I knew him personally during his years at the Bank of Boston (Banco de Boston in Latin America) where I Steve Murphy chronicles his career as a young adult in the 1960s with hopes and dreams facing a reality of Vietnam and a world just beginning to become what we now call "globalized." The choices he made led him through academia, international banking, life up close and personal in the so-called "third world," politics.........and I suspect he is far from finished with his personal adventures. I knew him personally during his years at the Bank of Boston (Banco de Boston in Latin America) where I roamed the world having my own adventures while Steve did the same. Many of us considered the bank to be sort of a "financial artists' colony" and Steve was definitely one of the artists. I always knew Steve had a special gift for living life to the fullest and a genuine curiosity about and interest in people of all social levels, backgrounds and cultures. His book demonstrates that and may encourage others to "take the road less traveled" and embrace the experiences encountered by doing that. (Steven Bavaria, author of Too Greedy for Adam Smith: CEO Pay and the Demise of Capitalism)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Terrazas

    Lovely, uplifting book and what a life! Thank you Estive for sharing this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Keith Dearborn

  4. 5 out of 5

    Adam Stopka

    Fascinating read - watching the fall from grace of the author in the first chapter to his continued saga to find himself will leave you wanting more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Esteban Murphy

  6. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Stopka

    The author does an excellent job capturing his path in the first chapter, which set the tone about maturity and development of one's path. You never know where life might lead you, and the author does an excellent job reminding us to look back in our past in wonder as life's struggles and challenges became blessings. It is a great book for those that doubt where they are now, those in the midst of change knowing they can find comfort in time and those that are nearing their final chapters in lif The author does an excellent job capturing his path in the first chapter, which set the tone about maturity and development of one's path. You never know where life might lead you, and the author does an excellent job reminding us to look back in our past in wonder as life's struggles and challenges became blessings. It is a great book for those that doubt where they are now, those in the midst of change knowing they can find comfort in time and those that are nearing their final chapters in life as it reminds you to step back and take glory in the journey. Props to the author in bringing his path to be so similar, yet so different from our own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Lo

    An interesting and enjoyable read into Steve's many adventures. The writing is rich and intricate, engaging the reader in the many pivotal moments in the author's life. A book on risk-taking, self expression and open-mindedness, definitely recommend for those who are feeling unsure of their next step, or simply those to need that little extra push to free themselves and see more of the world. An interesting and enjoyable read into Steve's many adventures. The writing is rich and intricate, engaging the reader in the many pivotal moments in the author's life. A book on risk-taking, self expression and open-mindedness, definitely recommend for those who are feeling unsure of their next step, or simply those to need that little extra push to free themselves and see more of the world.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephen E.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Coldwaterq

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ben Nolan

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