A Breed Apart: A Journey to Redemption

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Simon and Schuster, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 292 pages
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Victor Woods enjoyed a distinctly privileged childhood. Born to an affluent Chicago family -- the son of a Fortune 500 executive and a dedicated schoolteacher -- Woods attended all the best schools, and was never in want for anything. He lived safe in the bosom of a loving home. But like so many African Americans who came of age in post-segregation America, newly entitled to the benefits of racial integration, Woods felt alienated and enraged.

Frustrated by the lack of positive enforcement in his predominantly white community and school system, and his well-intentioned tough-love parents, Woods, at age fifteen, ran away from home and didn't look back. Fascinated by street life and fast money, he turned to petty theft before graduating to armed robbery and credit-card manufacturing. At the height of his larceny, he had amassed forty million dollars' worth of counterfeit credit cards. His high-stakes grifting eventually got the attention of the law and landed him in prison. Six years later, he was released from prison, where many moments of truth brought him to the realization that crime does indeed not pay and he needed to change his life.

Today Victor Woods stands as a man reborn, having dedicated his life and work to speaking to young people, motivating them to get on and stay on the straight and narrow. He tells his incredible story to help others sidestep the darkness and pain that once consumed him. In charting the winding path of his own hard-won journey toward redemption, Woods manages to reach out to readers with the startling emotional immediacy of a letter from an old friend. At once a bracing cautionary tale and a work sure to inspire readers from all walks, "A BreedApart" is an invaluable work of penetrating honesty, depth, and passion.

 

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A breed apart: a journey to redemption

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Woods is an African American who grew up in the affluent, largely white, northwest suburbs of Chicago in the 1970s and 1980s. Consistently rebelling against his parents and the privileged lifestyle ... Read full review

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From reading this book, I've learned not to live with any expectations because what is expected from us by ourselves or from others can fall short. The author seemed to have an undertone of things that he did that disgusted him instead of writing in the sense of, "hey, I've made through all of this". Not saying that is bad, but an author is also an artist is giving the words for us, the audience, to create the picture that we best see fit. Not knowing if this is true or not but Victor seems to be doing way better in life now, even if it doesn't show in this book. Through the success he is having it shows what he came from- personal mistakes that could be costly to one who is not willing to obtain a successful life style that best suits them. Even when I look at the cover art for this book the smile doesn't seem to be extremely joyful because I think this book was written in the eyes of disgust. The main character never seemed to me to be down on himself because he fully admits to his wrongdoings and knowing that there was an appropriate alternative. This book is a self help book! I'm a college student at Illinois State University and if I'm doing everything that I'm supposed to then I have NO excuses on why I can secure success, especially if Victor Woods has done it. 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
17
Section 4
20
Section 5
35
Section 6
41
Section 7
45
Section 8
56
Section 23
164
Section 24
168
Section 25
178
Section 26
182
Section 27
193
Section 28
197
Section 29
203
Section 30
209

Section 9
70
Section 10
78
Section 11
84
Section 12
97
Section 13
106
Section 14
111
Section 15
116
Section 16
120
Section 17
124
Section 18
129
Section 19
136
Section 20
145
Section 21
156
Section 22
159
Section 31
213
Section 32
219
Section 33
223
Section 34
229
Section 35
234
Section 36
240
Section 37
248
Section 38
255
Section 39
258
Section 40
264
Section 41
275
Section 42
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Victor Woods, a professional motivational speaker, lives in Chicago, Illinois. "A Breed Apart" is his first book. For more information about Victor Woods, and to arrange speaking engagements, please visit his website at www.VictorMWoods.com.

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