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Miles Away... Worlds Apart by Alan Sakowitz
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Oct 13, 2010

it was amazing
Read from November 21 to 22, 2010

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message 1: by Thurman (last edited Nov 22, 2010 04:07PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Thurman Faison Alan Sakowitz tells us in his book, how some of the mighty become mighty at the expense of others. It is intriguing to walk with him through the process of Scott Rothstein's rise to power and his ultimate crash to earth again. We are taken into the vastness of this Ponzi scheme and given a look at some of the players in high places who help to give it the appearance of legitimacy. Some of these players had their eyes wide open, some their eyes half closed and some were simply blinded by the unimaginable opportunity for profit. Alan, who went to the impressive offices of Mr. Rothstein to inquire about these "out of this world profits" to be made by investors in the scheme, was himself considering an invesment if all that had been purported was indeed true. His legal mind and innate curiousity as to how such a thing could actually be true, led him into deeper inquiries which culminated in a full scale investigation which eventually brought down the Rothstein house of cards. He risked his reputation, and perhaps the possibility of losing his life and the lives of his family when he brought his findings and suspicions to the FBI. He is to be commended for his part in exposing this horrendous fraud. It troubles me to realize how greed can infiltrate the hearts and minds of so many normally intelligent people. It reaches so many in high places who are well connected with others in high places who share levels of bounty which are unaccessible to most of us and yet they still want more and more regardless of who gets hurt. It is this kind of greed that almost totally destroyed this country's economy and almost took down other economies throughout the world as well. If there are no proper regulations or controls in place for our financial institutions other such schemes will emerge again. Alan intersperses the story of Rothstein's with stories from his religious community, showing their consideration for others in contrast to Rothstein's inconsideration for others. I take from his mention of these unselfish acts he is in effect saying, " We all have fallen short of the glory of God, but at least we can let some light shine" (my words). I highly recommend the book. Thurman L Faison

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