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I Was Born
in a Shack by
Alligator Creek…

“My story is an account of growing up on tenant farms in Southwest Georgia—the son of hardscrabble, sharecropper parents that had only five years of formal education between them. Paid In Full is the story of the life journey of a child that came of age on a Georgia tenant farm in the 1950s. It is also a story that follows the journey from sharecropping to university classrooms and to the upper ranks of the pharmaceutical industry’s boardrooms prior to returning to Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, to establish a college of public health. While there are some works that detail the plight of poor black sharecroppers in the South, this might be one of only a very few that examines the role of poor white tenant farmers during that era. My book is a story of adversity, determination, achievement, philanthropy, loss, and love—a triumph of human will over circumstance.”

– Karl E. Peace, Ph.D

Praise for “Paid in Full”

Paid In Full, the autobiography of Karl Peace, is an inspiring and powerful story of the triumph of the human spirit. Filled with honesty and insight, he tells of his rise from South Georgia sharecropper son to the heights of success and recognition. Yet, this is much more than just another Horatio Alger story. While Dr. Peace has certainly risen above his circumstances, his life is one of giving more than getting and the power of generosity to change lives. Paid In Full is an inspiration and a guide to success — and a good story well told.
— Randy Southerland, Freelance Writer, Acworth, GA
Paid In Full is an inspirational story of one man’s journey to overcome the challenges of life in order to make a difference in the lives of others. This is the story of a modern day hero. Faced with hardships, discrimination, and emotional loss, Karl Peace’s journey is a testimony of what a person can accomplish when they devote themselves to the pursuit of excellence. Moreover, his many acts of compassion and genuine care throughout his life’s journey for those who are less fortunate speak volumes about his character. Paid In Full provides a wonderful example to our society about putting others before oneself, a value that seems to have gone by the wayside in our modern day society.
— Charles J. Hardy, Ph.D., Dean Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Statesboro, GA
Paid In Full is a MUST READ for anyone who wants to understand the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry. This is an insider’s view of one of the most powerful and productive segments of the world’s economy. Karl Peace is a mathematical genius who applied his unique skills to develop statistical models that helped revolutionize the drug development process. Along the way Karl made a fortune but when his wife was tragically dying of breast cancer he committed his life to philanthropy trying to use his drug earnings to advance public health. Karl’s success story is infinitely more compelling because societal norms dictate that it should have never happened. I have practiced community medicine for nearly thirty years in the tiny rural county of his birth. Baker County has only 4,000 citizens, is one of the nation’s poorest and most rural counties, and Karl’s family was at the bottom of the heap. Neither parent finished grade school. His father was an abusive sharecropper. Somehow fate determined genius would be born to this family in a one room shack without running water, electricity or even screens on the windows. Nurtured by an endless supply of maternal love, a teacher who recognized his spark of genius and an indomitable will, Karl beat the odds to become one of America’s “Best and Brightest.” Hollywood has never made this movie, as no one would believe it could happen in real life! I had to see it with my own eyes and now you can also. Yes, the American Dream can still happen…Paid In Full describes how.
— James Hotz, MD (aka "Doc Hollywood"), Author, Where Remedies Lie