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A Father's Love: One Man's Unrelenting Battle to Bring His Abducted Son Home Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 5, 2011

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“Gut-wrenching . . . a journey of unimaginable heartbreak and loss.” — BookPage

“A riveting tale of an unusual abduction.” — Kirkus Reviews

“One engaging and bittersweet volume.” — New Jersey Monthly --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

David Goldman grew up in Ocean Township, New Jersey, the son of a charter boat captain. A graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College. He runs a charter boat business and does advocacy work on international child abduction. Visit bringseanhome.org

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (May 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410439259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410439253
  • ASIN: B005M48G5U
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,768,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Goldman is a father, author and activist, devoting his time to public speaking and advocating for victims of international child abduction.

David fought an inspiring five year battle to be reunited with his son, Sean, and bring him home to New Jersey. Abducted to Brazil in June 2004 by his mother, Sean returned to the United States with his father on Christmas Eve 2009 - a true Christmas miracle. The case received international media attention which opened the eyes of many around the world to the growing tragic issue of international child abduction. This eventually led to the personal involvement of a number of U.S. government officials, including President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Congressman Chris Smith (NJ), and U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg.

David authored the recently released A Father's Love: One Man's Unrelenting Battle to Bring His Abducted Son Home, chronologizing his fight for his son and his ongoing advocacy work with the Bring Sean Home Foundation (www.BringSeanHome.org), which he co-founded in 2009. The Bring Sean Home Foundation works to provide assistance to the victims of international child abduction, educate the public about the issue, prevent future abductions, and draw attention to the increasing number of cases that currently exist with the purpose of returning abducted children to their home countries and reuniting them with their left-behind families.

David has appeared on numerous nationally and internationally syndicated television and radio programs, and been featured in various nationally distributed publications. David has testified as lead witness at congressional hearings. He has been instrumental in consulting members of Congress drafting legislation to prevent, curtail and to return internationally abducted children.

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Format: Hardcover
A Father's Love tells the sometimes painful story of David Goldman's five year ordeal, in bringing his son back to his home in New Jersey from Brazil.

In 1997 when David was working in Italy, he met a Brazilian woman named Bruna Bianchi Soon the couple fell in love. The two married and made their home in a New Jersey seaside community where David resided, and two years later in 2000, their son Sean was born.

Since Bruna's family was from Brazil, the couple would often travel there a few times a year. In 2004, Bruna and Sean flew to Brazil for a two week vacation. David was to meet them there the following week, but four days into her visit she called her husband David to say that she wanted a divorce, as well as full custody of their son Sean. Shocked and in a state of disbelief, for over three years David struggled to find someone to help him to get his abducted son back. He made several trips to Brazil to see his son, but was repeatedly denied access to the boy, except for occasional and brief telephone calls. Gifts and cards which were sent to Sean by his father were sometimes returned.

Despite international court battles and judgments, his wife refused to give up their son. She divorced her husband David, and she married a prominent Brazilian attorney named Juno Paulo Lins e Silva. In August of 2008, the unimaginable occurred when Bruna died giving birth to her new husband's baby. Bruna's new husband seemed even more determined to see that David remained out of his son Sean's life, and he petitioned the court in Brazil to have Goldman's name removed from his birth certificate after Bruna passed away.

David Goldman, however, had no intentions of giving up on ever seeing his son again.
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This is a really wonderful book. A truly heart wrenching story about a good man who, driven solely by the love for his son, went up against a giant and went through hell for over five years. Thankfully, at the end of it all, it becomes a heart warming story with a very satisfying ending.

David Goldman is a role model for every father on this planet.
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I read this book in only 2 sessions, despite having followed the case closely at the time it happened and thus knowing exactly what was going to happen.

There are hundreds of similar stories out there, so what makes this one so special? To me it's:

--His wife, the abducting parent, died. If she hadn't, most of us almost certainly would never have heard of his case, nor is it likely that he would have ever seen his son again, or at least until he was over 18. Since he STILL didn't get his son back after her death makes his case even more unjust, in a situation (child abduction) where injustice is the norm. The flukiness of having a 32 year old woman die, in childbirth no less, lends the case an extra sense of drama, with unexpected twists and turns.

--He was fighting a powerful family who gave no consideration whatsoever to fair play: they just wanted to win, period. Thus there is a clear-cut enemy, whom it is as easy to root against as David is to root for. They told innumerable lies but the most unscrupulous act was trying to have David removed from Sean's birth certificate in Brazil. The best line in the book concerns this: we have ex-wives etc in Brazil but we don't have ex-parents!

--David's battle was fought in the mileau of the Brazilian justice system, a system almost Dickensian in its inefficiency and corruption. Although his court fight was mostly years of tedium and frustration, those courts were also populated with some incredible characters-judges utterly unconcerned with the law. The most vivid was a female judge who came into court in big sunglasses, presided over the court while being served by waiters as though in a restaurant, and who was completely unconcerned that she hadn't bothered to read the documents relating to the case.
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I've just finished reading David Goldman's recently released book about the successful return of his son, Sean, from Brazil--an effort that took nearly 5 1/2 years. Titled, "A Father's Love: One Man's Unrelenting Battle to Bring His Abducted Son Home," the memoir shares Goldman's heart-wrenching and inspiring story of his relentless and determined efforts to recover Sean after the child's abduction by his mother in 2004. I read this compelling story in one sitting. It was simply not a book I could lay down.

David Goldman thought that he and his Brazilian wife, Bruna Bianchi, had a good marriage and her departure for Brazil in June 2004 was a planned vacation. Goldman, in fact, drove Bruna, Sean and Bruna's parents to the airport. Needless to say, Goldman was shocked when Bruna telephoned him only two days after she arrived in Brazil to say that she was not returning. She told him that he had to come to Brazil and sign over full custody of Sean to her if he ever wanted to see Sean again.

Goldman took swift legal action to attempt recovery of Sean. He obtained a court order in New Jersey giving him temporary custody and then filed an action under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Parental Abduction seeking Sean's return. In 2004, Brazil had 66 American children who had been kidnapped by a parent. Brazil, although a signatory to the Hague Convention since 2000, had never returned a child to the U.S.

Goldman soon learned that he was up against formidable opponents. When Bruna died in childbirth (having married a Brazilian lawyer despite the fact that she'd never obtained a U.S. divorce), David thought that surely Sean would be returned to him. In fact, Brazil's law in that regard is the same as that in the U.S.
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