In this energetic ("Publishers Weekly") memoir, Victor Woods vividly recounts a trouble-filled and misunderstood coming-of-age in the suburbs of Chicago, the roller coaster ride that led him to captain a multi-million dollar counterfeit scheme, and his life-changing stint in federal prison.

In 1990, Victor Woods was charged by the US federal government with organizing a credit card scam worth more than forty million dollars. He refused to implicate his family and friends for a reduced sentence. His lawyer at the time remarked that he was a breed apart.

In his authentic, matter-of-fact style, Woods shares the details of his evolution from a rebellious teen to a white-collar criminal and what inspired him to turn his life around while locked away as a federal inmate. Woods s misdeeds and missteps remind us that sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. His remarkable turnaround shows us that no matter our past we can always make good on a second chance.

Editorial Reviews
  • It's one thing to turn to a life of crime after being raised in terrible circumstances and seeing no other way to get out, and quite another to come from a trouble-free, upper-middle class existence and choose crime as a way of life. Woods's memoir, in which he describes how his family (they were the first black family to move to the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights in the 1970's; his father was an executive with a Fortune 500 company), gave him every chance he needed to succeed, illuminates the latter choice...[Woods] offers a straightforward, energetic account.--Publisher's Weekly (November 3, 2003)
  • A Breed Apart" is a moving, exciting story that s going to make a great movie. --Emmy award-winning actor, Armand Assante
  • Publishers Weekly 11/03/2003 pg. 64 (EAN 9780743477383, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Reviews 11/01/2003 pg. 1308 (EAN 9780743477383, Hardcover)
  • Library Journal 03/01/2004 pg. 92 (EAN 9780743477383, Hardcover)
  • Black Issues Book Review 03/01/2005 pg. 53 (EAN 9780743477383, Hardcover)
About the Author

Victor Woods is the founder and CEO of Success International Incorporated. His message of never give up has made him a highly sought-after speaker for corporations, colleges and universities, school districts, prisons, and other organizations across the US, as well as a consultant for law enforcement.He has been featured on CNN, "The O'Reilly Factor", ABC News, C-SPAN, and BET. For more information visit VictorWoods.com.

Product Details

Author:  Victor Woods
ISBN:  0743477391   
Publisher:  Atria Books
Publish Date:  January 04, 2005
Pages:  304 pages
Dimensions:   0.8" H x 8.4" L x 5.4" W (0.85 lbs) 

A Breed Apart: The True Story of a $40 Million Credit Card Conspiracy, Betrayal, Prison, and Redemption

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