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Giving Over Greed - The Unraveling of a Ponzi Scheme

October 30, 2010 | Comments: 0 | Views: 131

"Miles Away...Worlds Apart" isn't a book that slides easily into any one genre. Instead, Alan Sakowitz has penned a book that, in one part, is comprised of inspirational essays in the vein of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series; in another part Memoirs of a Whistleblower; and in the last part, a morality tale. In reality, it is a true crime thriller that details the unraveling of one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in Florida history.

In his book, Alan Sakowitz details his encounters with Scott Rothstein. Rothstein was a respected lawyer in Southern Florida during the four years he allegedly conducted his Ponzi scheme. By all appearances, he was a well connected philanthropist who delivered what he promised.

But even at their first meeting, Sakowitz spotted the tell tale slither of a snake. Sakowitz highlights his thoughts during every step of the process. He tells his readers what the red flags were that hinted of fraud, and does an excellent job illustrating the illusionary nature of Rothstein's 'investment opportunities'.

Sakowitz includes anecdotes about his Rabbi, neighbors and family. They show lessons Sakowitz learned throughout his life about the value of doing what's right. Reminiscent of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books, these stories about his neighborhood illustrate the strength of truth and the beauty of giving. People matter, all people... no matter who they are or what they've done.

The moral compass instilled in him by his parents and strengthened by his community gave Sakowitz the impetus he needed to blow the whistle, even at the risk of danger to himself and his family. His leadership and integrity played a role in protecting colleagues and other innocent victims from financial ruin.

This book is the author's story of his encounter with Rothstein, and he highlights his entire train of thought.

JenMarie is an avid reader of fiction and nonfiction alike. She greatly enjoyed the book Miles Away... Worlds Apart: Empowering Lessons Gleaned From Experiences of a Whistleblower.

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