“I have always known that Lou Sullivan was an outstanding head of Health and Human Services and a valued member of my White House team. I am convinced we are a healthier nation still today because of some of the issues Lou brought to the table with so much passion and determination; I paid attention. But I don’t think I really appreciated the man Louis Sullivan is until I read Breaking Ground. He is a true American hero, and Barbara and I are proud we have played a small part in his life’s journey.”—President George H. W. Bush

“In this dramatic and revealing memoir that takes us from the segregated backwoods of Georgia to the founding of the nation’s premier African American medical school and the cabinet of President George H. W. Bush, Lou Sullivan shows how commitment, courage, a sense of humor, and a passion for health promotion and disease prevention can make life better for all Americans.”—Joseph A. Califano, Jr., top White House assistant for domestic affairs under President Lyndon Johnson and secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare in the Carter administration

“Lou Sullivan’s life story offers a compelling chronicle of how vision and perseverance can overcome daunting obstacles. Sullivan is a genuine American hero, and his life stands as a testament to how devotion to the service of others can breech any barrier and ascend any height.”—Jordan J. Cohen, M.D., MACP, President Emeritus, Association of American Medical Colleges

“Louis Sullivan proved that when leadership is rooted in compassion and exercised with courage, it can be a powerful source of change. This book provides insight into his personal roots, his professional drive, and his historic decisions.”—Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

“Lou Sullivan has always believed that addressing the health requirements of the country’s neediest—its minorities and poor—will bring the greatest benefit to society as a whole. That was the theme of his tenure as secretary, and that has been the impact of the medical school he founded. In this book he rxinfocenter writes with clarity, passion, and humor about the life he has led and the issues that dominate our current health care debates.”—from the foreword by Ambassador Andrew Young