FOUR PERCENT is one of the most complete histories of the Boy Scouts of America ever written – and the ?rst to focus on the remarkable story of Eagle Scouts. Award-winning author Michael S. Malone, himself an Eagle, brings the eye of a veteran journalist to a story that for too long has been wrapped in myth and prejudice – and uncovers one of the most important, but least celebrated, movements in modern American history.Four Percent is more than just a history of the Eagle Scout rank, but also the story of many Eagles – a President of the United States, doz-ens of astronauts (including Neil Armstrong), Medal of Honor recip-ients, Nobel prize winning scientists, authors, movie stars, titans of industry, Senators, Congressmen and Governors, civil rights leaders, and community activists—who have transformed the face of America over the last century. One of Malone's major contributions in this book is his discovery that the community service project requirement for the Eagle rank has resulted in the great youth service initiative in history: more than 100 million hours devoted to improving the nation's communities and neighborhoods.Filled with vivid historic anecdotes, compelling pro?les, and surprising facts, Malone has brought to Four Percent the eye of a world-class writer, the insider experience being an Eagle Scout himself, and the objectivity of a career journalist, to produce the best book ever about America's Eagles – and perhaps even about Boy Scouting itself.
Michael S. Malone is one of the world's best-known technology writers. He has covered Silicon Valley and high-tech for more than 25 years, beginning with the San Jose Mercury News as the nation's first daily high-tech reporter, where he was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. His articles and editorials have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Fortune, and for two years he was a columnist for The New York Times. He was editor of Forbes ASAP, the world's largest-circulation business-tech magazine, at the height of the dot-com boom. Malone is the author or co-author of nearly twenty award-winning books, notably the best-selling "The Virtual Corporation”, “Bill and Dave”, and “The Future Arrived Yesterday”. Malone has also hosted three nationally syndicated public television interview series and co-produced the Emmy-nominated primetime PBS miniseries on social entrepreneurs, "The New Heroes." As an entrepreneur, Malone was a founding shareholder of eBay, Siebel Systems (sold to Oracle) and Qik (sold to Skype), and is currently co-founder and director of PatientKey Inc. An Eagle Scout, Malone was a chapter commander of the Knights of Dunamis and on the staff of the 1973 National Jamboree. He is currently an assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 466 in Sunnyvale, California, president of the Silicon Valley chapter of NESA, and a member of the Santa Clara County Council board of directors. Malone holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, where he is currently an adjunct professor. He is also an associate fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University, and is a Distinguished Friend of Oxford.