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17 Cents & a Dream: My Incredible Journey from the USSR to Living the American Dream Kindle Edition
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Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Dan and his family experienced hardship, religious persecution, and life-and-death situations, all in the shadows of one of the greatest disasters that ever occurred, the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Forced to escape the Soviet government, Dan's family fled to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Highly motivated to succeed, Dan worked his way up from mopping floors in a McDonald's restaurant, through a series of difficult and challenging jobs, to ultimately establish one of the 15 fastest-growing financial services companies in the United States.
He graduated with honors from Cleary University, earning a business degree, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater. He is currently in his second term on the Cleary University Board of Trustees.
Under Dan's leadership, Gold Star has grown to be a national leader in the mortgage industry, with offices across the U.S. The company has been named a Top Workplace in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press, and a Michigan Economic Bright Spot by Corp! magazine.
Dan has been ranked the #1 loan officer in the United States, out of more than 550,000 professionals in the lending industry. He has been included in the prestigious "40 Under 40" in Crain's magazine, "30 in Their Thirties" in DBusiness magazine, and has been named one of the nation's 40 Top Finance Professionals by National Mortgage Professional magazine.
Top Customer Reviews
The story is quite interesting, actually. Milstein starts the story with the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. Then he mentions the Soviet anti-Jewish riots of the late 1980s. Then the fall of the Soviet Union and the drastic changes about to happen for Russians and the world. No doubt there is tension and mystery here, but the writing style is so simple it reads more like a story written for pre-teens, or for those English Language Learners needing to learn the foundations of the English language. The story lacks detail and compassion to be a heart-wrenching story.
There are a few family photos in the middle of the book to give readers images of his grandfather, parents and himself as a young boy.
The theme of hope and hard work reverberate all throughout the narrative. The focus is on Dan, and how he made it big despite being pushed down, hazed, bullied and discouraged. At times the narrative reads like a motivational story of "You can do it!" What is lacking is that despite all the bullying he endured as a young Ukrainian immigrant, his success is partly due to those people who saw potential in him and gave him a chance to succeed. Instead, Milstein only focuses on and gives credit to himself for being the wealthy man he is today. The closing of the book ends in a narcissistic tone that prevents me from truly wanting to celebrate his success vicariously.
The story of how he and his family came to America and landed in Ann Harbor is interesting. The story of how he started out working at McDonald's is also worth noting.Read more ›
After reading his "life story" I don't know any more about the real Daniel Milstein than I gleaned from the summary. I don't even know if he's married, single, divorced, or a widower. He claims his daughter is the most the important person in his life, yet, apart from telling us what she smells like, he didn't reveal a single thing about her - including who her mother is.
Similarly, Milstein reveals virtually nothing about the line of work in which he has achieved such spectacular success. Anyone who hasn't been living in a cave knows the mortgage market has gone into the tank yet Milstein seems to have been immune from the meltdown. How come? How did he keep from going bankrupt? What is the secret of his success in the financial industry - apart from working harder than anyone else?
After being induced by an email from one of the author's friends (or publicists) into reading this "best selling" author's memoir I checked out his self-help book and the free sample contained the same material as opening chapters of this book, related in the same vague, unspecific language. Less than forty years old, and Daniel Milstein is already recycling his life story. As a writer, he's a hell of a salesman!
Leaving that country at that time was a treacherous undertaking; never knowing if, or when, the officials would intervene, crunching hopes, dreams, lives in their grip. It brings to mind the emotions of our veterans of Viet Nam, holding their collective breath, waiting for that Freedom Bird to be airborne.
Yet the veterans were going home. The Milstein family was leaving behind all they knew; their deep roots in a city founded in 882 when the Varangians, or Vikings, moved the capital city of Novgorod to Kiev to free it from under the hegemony of the Khazars. It is a city that lived through the Einsatzgruppen slaughters at Babi Yar,
Kiev had played a major role in Russian history; the very name Rus coming from the term for the Vikings. It was the only world young Daniel knew. To leave it meant giving up home, history, and passports; truly a move of no return.
The Milstein family took the chance at emigration and were fortunate to make it out from under the thumb of oppression, radiation, food shortages.
They came here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good book, very inspiring . True story easy to read and not too long or wordy. Highly recommend others to read it.Published 1 month ago by Denise Oliver
I listened to the Audible version of this book and loved it. It's a quick listen but full of inspiration. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeremy
This book proves there are immigrants arriving in America who literally can successfully achieve his goals. Good read. I recommend.Published 3 months ago by Judith Quate
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
I honestly loved this book! I read it in less than 2 hours because I couldn't stop reading it! Read more
Hats off to Dan Milstein, whose perseverance and ability made him a rich businessman by his thirties. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Douglas Winslow Cooper
What an absolute great story of determination. I highly recommended this book to anyone: man or woman, young or
Old. Read more
What the author achieves with hard work, persistence, and love for his family is inspiring. This is a book I highly recommend especially to those who are intent on being the best... Read morePublished 11 months ago by susieQ
1/7/2015 finished reading to Philip Wainwright. We both loved this book. Gave me a better perspective on what immigrants go through to become an American.