Sunday, December 12, 2010
Self-Published Sunday Alan Sakowitz Miles Away…Worlds Apart
We have an ambitious tripleheader today, three novels each different, each has a decidedly different flavor, and each is the type of novel that one can take and use for different reasons. Our first novel this morning has its roots in a Ponzi scheme, but that isn’t what I want to focus on, instead I want to focus on the main message Alan Sakowitz is trying to deliver, or at least, I think he is. Here is the synopsis of the novel and I think you may possible see where I am going with this:
“Alan Sakowitz, a whistleblower of a Madoff-like Ponzi scheme masterminded by Scott Rothstein, fraudster extraordinaire, tells the story of his decision to turn in Rothstein regardless of the possible dangerous ramifications of such a decision. The saga of Rothstein's rise and fall which included a Warren Yacht, two Bugattis, Governor Crist, the former Versace mansion, The Eagles, and even the murder of a law partner, is the stuff that Hollywood movies are made from.
Instead of the mere accounting of such a scandal, Sakowitz uses the Rothstein scheme as a cautionary tale in stark contrast to the stories of humble, ethical individuals living within Sakowitz's neighborhood in North Miami Beach, Florida. Sakowitz's neighbors are people who have spent their lives trying to assist others, not line their pockets, and through these stories Sakowitz creates a sharp dichotomy between the greed, of a Rothstein and its mainstream culture of consumption and the charity, kindness and selflessness of a principle-oriented community. Indeed, Sakowitz speaks to the symptoms of a culture that could create a Scott Rothstein, and, though acknowledging that the easy way out is not simple to dismiss, offers remedies to the growing ills of our entitlement society. The answer, Sakowitz says, lies in thinking first of others, and how one's actions should benefit the lives of friends, not one's short-term gratifications. “
I have featured other novels that involved Ponzi schemes, even one novel that was named Ponzied, so I would prefer to stay away from that aspect of the story here. It is that time of year that we are, or at least hope that some of are, thinking of our fellow man and how fortunate we are and possibly looking back on all the positive things that have happened to us this year. I took this book and the other two I am posting today chapter by chapter. I did not consume this all at one time. Is the book that boring? No, I needed at times to reflect on what Alan Sakowitz has done and what he is proposing. He is making an attempt to enrich lives, to help us possibly focus on things in our lives we may at times overlook and think too small to matter, to see life as it could be, the simplicity and joy of it. That, my friends, was something I just didn’t wanted to blow by.
No one is ever going to accuse me of being a deep thinker. Miles Away..Worlds Apart has many levels to it and I was taken in by it, and plan to do just what Alan Sakowitz suggests, share the book with people. I already have a list at home of those family members that want to read it, and are willing to wait their turn, good stuff. Don’t pass on this because it appears to be just another Ponzi scheme, lawyer book, bad news, people get burned type thing. Alan Sakowitz has a real message he is trying to impart that has worth and value, give it a shot. Here are a couple of links the author has set up :
If you have an inspiring story, send it to him: stories@EmpoweringLessons.com
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