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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Jeffrey Taylor (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097270471X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972704717
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,455,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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A Gentleman Drunk is a cleverly-written autobiography that will make you laugh and feel good about life's struggles. -- Don Bouget, Books on Alcoholism, June 15, 2004

Great book! From the minute I started reading it I was engrossed and couldn’t put it down. -- Molly

I just finished reading A Gentleman Drunk. Your book kept my undivided attention! -- Donna

I was deeply touched by your generosity and couldn't put your book down. It inspired me and gave me hope. -- Cheryl

In a few pages, Jeffrey shows that alcoholism transcends social, financial and racial differences. I was riveted by our similarities. -- Rev. Glen Williams, Director, Way2Hope.org

Jeffrey has written an autobiographical story about how his life has changed since he faced the issues of sobriety. -- Kit Menkin, Leasing News

Jeffrey has written an autobiographical story which reads like a frank and truthful diary. I could not put it down. -- Kit Menkin, Leasing News

Jeffrey’s frank and honest discussions of his own shortcomings is refreshing compared to today's ‘psychobabble’ approach to everything. -- Rev. Glen Williams, Director, Way2Hope.org

From the Publisher

Most people think of drunks as weak, lower-class people, but Jeffrey shows that even in a million dollar lifestyle cannot save you from alcoholism. The author simply puts it, "great people always drink to get their best ideas."

His recovery is inspirational and is truly heartfelt.


More About the Author

"Independent moviemakers do not fail because they make bad movies; they fail because either they run out of money during the film production process or they fail to raise enough money to cover their costs to market their movie appropriately and effectively. In either case, the independent moviemaker fails to develop a long-term strategy that allows him to make movies as a life-long career." - Jeffrey Taylor

Jeffrey Taylor, author, announces his latest book, Film Finance For Beginners. Filled with entertaining stories about film finance, the book contains numerous information on the Evolution of the Major Studios, The History of Independent Film, The African Queen, The Production Code of 1930, Getting the Public to See Your Movie, Learn to Become a Producer, Prepare to Meet Your Investor, Managing Investor Attitudes, Basic Accounting Terms, Preparing Budgets, Hollywood Accounting, What Makes a Great Movie?, Isolating Investment Risk (LLCs), What Makes a Great Business Plan?, Financing Alternatives, Film Distribution, Film Tax Incentives and "The Internet Threat".

Jeffrey Taylor said, "Over the years, I have met hundreds of writers, actors, directors, producers, distributors, photographers, makeup artists and financiers and would like to single out the rare few who have shared personal experiences with me so that I could write a better book; Lorri Allen, Don Baillargeon, David Balsiger, Jon Bonnell, Ted Chalmers, Chuck Foster, Steve Harrison, Chris Hazel, Jordana Hazel, David Kidder, Mary Ann Mercer, Larry Stouffer and Moira Taylor."

Jeffrey Taylor is no stranger to the self-help book market. He has authored two textbooks for the equipment leasing industry ("Selling Leasing In A Tough Economy" and "The Future of Equipment Leasing"), an autobiography on his life as a recovering alcoholic ("A Gentleman Drunk/Un Caballero Borracho") which won him a screenplay finalist position at the Beverly Hills Film Festival in 2009 and "Going from W2 to 1099", which delivers an entertaining account and perspective on starting up a new business.

Over the last five years, he has hosted an internet radio show on wsradio.com, hosted a talk show on KFNX 1100 AM in Phoenix and has been interviewed by dozens of local, regional and national radio shows, including Lorri Allen on Family Net Atlanta, Joey Reynolds on WOR New York, Bulldog and the Dude in Ocean City, Rhett Palmer on WZTA Vero Beach, Ray Read on KCMO Kansas City, Phyllis Hall on KXLO Lewistown, Larry Steele on WPUL Daytona Beach, John Cohn on WSBC Chicago, Frankie Boyer on WXBR Boston, Reverend Hudson on WJSS Baltimore, Harry Douglas on the Horne Radio Network, Jason Spiess on KFGO Fargo, Keith Murphy on the Urban Journal in Detroit and Bonnie Graham in New York on blogtalkradio.com.

For more information, please visit http://booksbyjeffreytaylor.com

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Further, the Kindle formatting is very poor with no chapter breaks and apparently random inserts of copyright notice.
EAL1977
Such a courageous story of recovery and pain from alcoholism but a tremendous lesson in forgiveness and love and a chance at life again.
Rosanne M. Wilson
This is a wonderful book that will help anyone see that they are not alone in this process and that a way back is well within reach.
Sharon A. Young

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By EAL1977 on February 23, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
I appreciate Mr. Taylor's candor and imagine this endeavor was cathartic, but this is a poorly written book. It reads more like an outline put in sentence form. The author made a living writing textbooks and this seems dry by textbook standard. Further, the Kindle formatting is very poor with no chapter breaks and apparently random inserts of copyright notice.

I was apprehensive about spending so much ($15 for the Kindle edition) when other more widely known memoirs on the same subject were priced lower. I decided to order based on the unanimously positive reviews. After reading the book I surmised that some if not all of the reviews were written by friends of Mr. Taylor.

After looking more closely at the reviews some things definitely don't pass muster. One of the customer reviews is by someone from Bountiful, UT, where the author lives or lived. In the "Editorial Reviews" we have two reviews by someone who writes for "Leasing News", quite a coincidence. Two are written by the same "Reverend Glen Williams." Three of the editorial reviewers are identified only by their first names.

Frankly, I feel swindled. I've rarely purchased unknown books and will certainly be more careful in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Cabrelli on March 23, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have been wracking my brain trying to remember why on earth I purchased this book. As other reviewers have noted the Kindle formatting of this book was awful. It was very difficult to read. Formatting aside this was just an awful book. The writing is choppy and disjointed and I gained absolutely no insight in to the author's struggle with alcohol. The only aspect of his inner self that I was able to draw from the writing was that the author thinks he is somehow better than everyone else because he was in a different social class than, what he perceived as, the norm for those struggling with alcohol addiction. He referred frequently to his "different upbringing" yet gave no insight in to how that impacted his struggle with the disease. Most of the time he just came across sounding completely arrogant and ignorant. It was deathly boring and although very short for the $9.99 that I paid for it, I was relieved when it was over. I don't usually write reviews but when I checked and found out that it was not a free download (I thought it must have been!), this book just made me angry. 0 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
You might not know it's a problem until it's too late. "A Gentleman Drunk" is the story of a man realizing his problems after a shock set him straight. Telling the story of how he overcame his disease and worked to make his life right, "A Gentleman Drunk" is a memoir that others in similar situations may find strength in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rt2 on August 24, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
$14.95 for this short (literally really short) story? Please.....I actually thought that I had re-downloded the sample of the book after purchase.

Honestly, maybe this guy has a great story to tell, but the formatting of the "book" didn't allow me to get through more than the first 20% of it until I was driven crazy by the text insertions of "Copyright (2004) Jeffery Taylor All rights reserved" randomly but liberally placed every few pages.

Basically unreadable for me. If I could rate it a zero I would.
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This weekend, I'm trying to write a book proposal. It has taken me only eleven years to prepare. And it occurs to me, perhaps I sure am drinking more than is probably good for me. However, it helps me write without inhibitions, or what Barry Longyear called "editor-on-the-shoulder."

So, I'm looking for a book to read that will help me steer out of this minor pit. And such is my arrogance and faith in my intellect that I will only take advice from myself. Or any wild card like me.

I'd really rather not quit drinking, but maybe it's time, and my love for the Lady Nicotine will probably have to be forgotten next, neither of which experiences will be pleasant and/or easy; and at this point in my written review, I'd like to ask Jeffrey Taylor if he recalls a dream in which a large number of guys with the same name were present, at night, in a large hall with a lot of marble and torches.

Once again, I must admit that I haven't read the book. But I will, and review it again. Nonetheless, I admire the author's courage. Those who don't write books have no simple effing idea what it takes to do so.

Just another brick in the hall,
Geoffrey Damon Taylor

Update, August 28, 2013 -- So I read this book. Keep in mind that I'm going to have a natural bias toward any author with exactly the same name. That said, the writing was perhaps not inspired, but if this book helps even one person stop between swallows to rethink his or her life, it might as well be Shakespeare for insight or Yeats for poetry. If the one-star reviewers would like to feast their eyeballs on what seems like an easy target as Worst Book-Length Writing committed since Gutenberg's second edition, do give Downwind From Nobody a look.
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This is not a pleasant story, although the main character manages to go from being a drunk to a sober and recovering alcoholic. Taylor was an alcoholic from the point he took his first drink when he was twelve. Although he was successful in business as he was generally a functional alcoholic, his heavy drinking eventually led to problems and to his joining Alcoholics Anonymous.
His path to recovery was not a pleasant one, Taylor was extremely self-centered and it took a long time and many tense situations before his outlook changed enough where he was able to listen to and appreciate the stories of others. Blame is thrown at many people, although eventually Taylor manages to view the situation as it really is.
As you read the story of his recovery, it is clear that there were many points in the process where Taylor could have slipped into relapse and it is likely that it would have killed him. He is often on the edge, yet managed to stay on the right side. It is also clear that not only is every life story of an alcoholic unique, but that also applies to their recovery process. The twelve-step A-A program works, but often in unusual and convoluted ways.
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