The most interesting man in the world? At times, Ed Hale made the Dos Equis guy look like a shut-in.
Now for the first time, Hale’s inspiring story is told in the pages of Hale Storm. It’s a rollicking, inspirational tale like no other: a kid from gritty Sparrow’s Point, Md., has his fill of back-breaking work in the steel mill, thumbs his nose at college and sets off to seek his fortune.
With an equal measure of brains and guts, he conquers the worlds of business and industry, buys an indoor soccer team, hobnobs with princes, politicians and heads of state, works covertly for the Central Intelligence Agency, dates a succession of astonishingly beautiful women and builds an iconic tower in the midst of the grimy Baltimore waterfront that helps transform acres of forlorn industrial ruin into a thriving neighborhood.
The tough times are chronicled here, too: Hale’s swings and misses on two turbulent marriages, his history-making divorce from his first wife, union problems and death threats, the plane crashes he survived, the business deals that went sour, the distinctive tower he was forced to sell and the heart-wrenching decision to walk away from the beloved bank that he founded and nurtured for so many years.
It’s a singular story of an American original that readers won’t want to miss.
“Sassy and brassy. True to form.”
— Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senator
“Kevin Cowherd has captured the remarkable and unedited Ed Hale story. From East Baltimore to the world of espionage, his personal life and many legacies bring to life as to how one person could have accomplished so much for our community. This book is a must read for political junkies. Thank you Ed Hale for being willing to share your adventures. I hope this book will inspire other visionaries to follow their dreams.”
— Ben Cardin, U.S. Senator
“The story of Ed Hale would fit neatly into one of the rags to riches books by Horatio Alger. He is an example of the can do attitude that quickly propelled America to the pinnacle of the economic world. He is a personal friend who has benefitted Baltimore greatly.”
— Benjamin S. Carson Sr., MD, Emeritus Professor of Neurosurgery, Oncology, Plastic Surgery and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Medicine, President and CEO American Business Collaborative, LLC
“I’ve known Ed for years as a friend, neighbor, businessman and advisor—at least I thought I did. Even longtime associates will see Ed anew after reading this candid and insightful biography of a real Baltimore legend. Ed is a brilliant visionary willing to take on projects no one else believes possible, most often with great success. But at the heart of Ed’s often wild and outrageous stories is a man who feels truly compelled to leave his community better than he found it. This book confirmed for me what I have always known about Ed Hale: expect the unexpected.”
— Dutch Ruppersburger, U.S. Representative