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Product Details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Edition edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452864349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452864341
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,008,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Gary Goldstein was born on October 18, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Long Island University in 1983 and is a selected member of Sigma Delta Chi, and Who's Who Among Students In American Universities & Colleges.

Before Gary's conviction, he worked for both CBS News and Sports, and NBC Sports, as a journalist, and has also worked at other media outlets and sports production companies in the Tri-State area as well. Since his release in 2004, Gary has also been employed in the construction industry, but is now retired from that and focusing on his writing, and motivational & inspirational speaking careers.

Gary is single and has no children. He enjoys reading, writing, music, working out, spending time with family and friends, dating, and going to the beach, and still resides in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York.

Gary is currently working on his next book project, and going on motivational speaking tours. You may contact Gary at Gman18nyc@aol.com.

Here are the links to some of the interviews Gary has appeared in recently at book fairs, blogs, newspapers, or on the radio:

http://www.jewinjail.com/media.asp

http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/blog-interview-no-41-with-autobiographer-gary-goldstein/

http://rai29bookreadnreview.blogspot.com/2011/11/author-interview-gary-goldstein.html

http://jeanzbookreadnreview.blogspot.com/2011/11/author-interview-gary-goldstein.html

http://www.bookpleasures.com/websitepublisher/articles/4377/1/Gary-Goldstein-Author-of-Jew-in-Jail-Interviewed-By-Norm-Goldman-of-Bookpleasurescom/Page1.html

http://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2011/49/all_standingomain_2011_12_09_bk.html

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/2011/12/13/gary-goldstein-and-quick-easy-cooking-on-conversations

http://networkedblogs.com/rCMcT

http://www.carolmarlenesmith.blogspot.com/

http://conversationsmag.blogspot.com/2011/12/transformation-of-gary-goldstein.html?spref=fb

http://www.essentiallymeemag.com/

http://youtu.be/iRdQDzeMom0

http://www.inspiremetoday.com/archiveDisp.php?type=0&ref=1453

http://pwrtalk.com/je_smith/

http://marymforbes.wordpress.com/writing/author-interviews/gary-goldstein/

http://askjohnkremer.com/20-minute-book-marketing-podcast-gary-goldstein-on-social-media-promotion/

http://afstewartpromotion.blogspot.ca/2012/04/book-spotlight-jew-in-jail.html

http://frustratedyukkymummy.blog.co.uk/2012/04/11/jew-in-jail-by-gary-goldstein-13490728/

http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2012/05/13/sneak-peek-jew-in-jail-by-gary-goldstein/

http://www.consciousdiscussions.blogspot.com/

http://kriswampler.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/gary-goldstein/

http://www.maldene.com/interviews-audio-files

http://tobtr.com/s/3285449

http://readersfavorite.com/review/6449

http://svmwritersbloc.blogspot.com/2012/06/writing-and-writers-gary-goldstein.html

http://www.junipergrove.net/featured-author-gary-goldstein/

http://www.chompasaurusreviews.com/author-interview-with-gary-goldstein/

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/monicabrinkmanandoana/2012/07/06/a-jew-in-jail-with-gary-goldstein

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/374377489?fb_action_ids=349362511807077&fb_action_types=good_reads%3Awrite&fb_source=timeline_og&action_object_map=%7B%22349362511807077%22%3A10150968440333920%7D

http://zeemonodee.blogspot.com/2012/08/interview-with-gary-goldstein-author-of.html

http://www.motivationalspeakers.com/Motivate-Others-By-Your-Own-Actions

http://www.thcreviews.com/cgi-bin/vts/book_review.html?book_review_id=473

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/winninglifethroughpain/2012/08/17/jew-in-jail-author-gary-goldstein

http://www.authormepro.com/interviews/goldstein.html

http://www.writingdownlife.com/2012/09/15/book-review-jew-in-jail/

http://www.motivationalspeakers.com/Keep-The-Pedal-To-The-Metal-Of-Life

http://youtu.be/dE4DFCbXRF4

http://rastephensonauthor.blogspot.com/2012/10/author-interview-gary-goldstein.html

http://www.motivationalspeakers.com/you-have-greatness-in-you

http://essenceoflaurel.com/it-all-starts-with-the-first-step-by-gary-goldstein/

http://livingsoberlifecoaching.com/1/post/2012/11/interview-with-gary-goldstein-author-of-a-jew-in-jail-by-shira-goldberg.html

http://www.motivationalspeakers.com/be-thankful

http://www.motivationalspeakers.com/life-is-fragile

http://www.rickiwilson.com/4/post/2013/01/indie-spotlight-on-jew-in-jail-a-true-account-by-gary-goldstein-gary_goldstein.html

http://ecsuniverse.blogspot.com/2013/01/guest-post-07-gary-goldstein.html

http://ecsuniverse.blogspot.com/2013/01/interview-11-gary-goldstein.html

http://www.rileybanks.net/2/post/2013/02/gary-goldstein-bares-his-soul-in-a-jew-in-jail.html

http://bookinglyyours.blogspot.com/2013/02/guest-author-gary-goldstein.html

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/538379050

http://www.tempestworks.com/1/post/2013/02/guest-interview-gary-goldstein-author.html

http://jeanettehornbybooks.blogspot.com.au/

http://bookinglyyours.blogspot.com/2013/03/guest-author-gary-goldstein.html

http://www.inspiremetoday.com/blog/2013/03/find-your-passion-through-writing/

http://www.lunarisen.com/alltheotherbooks/2013/03/14/interview-with-author-gary-goldstein/

http://www.myaddiction.com/lifestyle/drugs/a-message-of-hope-from-a-recovered-addict

http://iabookreviews.com/book-review-jew-in-jail-by-gary-goldstein/

http://bookinglyyours.blogspot.com/2013/04/guest-author-gary-goldstein.html

http://nwoodstories.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/jew-in-jail-by-gary-goldstein.html

http://w4tsr.com/podcasts/Anger_911/Anger_911_04-17-2013

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/julia-fine-radio-show/2013/05/21/taking-back-our-life-to-prison-and-back

http://www.searchingforthehappiness.com/?p=2479


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Faith and hope are encouraging aspects of his journey.
Mary M. Forbes
I would recommend this read to anyone, it provoked so many debates in my household that my husband and I are still not speaking (joke!).
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You feel like you're in his shoes through out his story.
Lynne Minore

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By FantasyCreature on January 16, 2011
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In 1981, Jack Henry Abbott, a con with a history of burglaries and a murder while incarcerated, walked out of prison a free man thanks to the efforts of the author Norman Mailer who misguidedly advocated for his early release due to Mr. Abbott's exceptional literary efforts in prison which resulted in his published novel IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST.

Within a couple of weeks, Abbott murdered Richard Adan, an aspiring actor who was working as a waiter at a restaurant called Binibon's in the East Village over an argument pertaining to Abbott's request to use the washroom.

In 1998, Gary Goldstein, a habitual abuser of narcotics and alcohol, held up a string of dry cleaning establishments in uptown Manhattan. Under the influence, he used a toy gun and in this same inebriated presence of mind, confessed to the cops who promised him leniency if he cooperated without the presence of a lawyer.

Unfortunately, Goldstein wasn't seen as meshuganah high on pills and alcohol, but rather as a danger to society and was sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Mr. Goldstein spent his time productively in lockup, not unlike Abbott, researching, learning and familiarizing himself with the system...and then writing a novel: JEW IN JAIL. Unlike Abbott, Goldstein comes from a loving and supportive Brooklyn family and hadn't grown up in "the system". A college graduate with great promise who worked in the journalism field, at one point Goldstein was a productive member of society pursuing his passion which was writing and sports coverage, however, that career slowly deteriorated, his criminal behavior reflecting increasingly antisocial choices due to his addictions which he had found no means to control.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on April 11, 2012
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When I was asked to review this book, I was intrigued from the off. I notice that Gary is now a motivational speaker and from reading this book, I am not surprised. The true life story begins with Gary leaving home with a toy gun and a bookie to settle, and it ends with him being sent to prison for multiple robbery!

Gary tells his tale throughout in his own candid way and his voice is one of a strong, very opinionated man. First of all, it is obvious from his crimes that he was heavily under the influence of drink and drugs, and not of sound mind; he is arrested on the street, casually drinking a bottle of Bud, having robbed 3 dry cleaners of their cash to pay off his debt. Not the actions of a hardened criminal, but obviously needing to be punished all the same.

What infuriated me about this was not Gary's actions, (which obviously are inexcusable), but the obvious stitch-up job by the police, his lawyer, and even his Judge. Gary soon finds himself, sober, shocked and in jail on a 7 year prison term. I have to say, I wanted to slap his lawyer on more than one occasion and I am sure I would be part of a long queue.

This book is essentially Gary's prison diaries, he lays it all bare, his addictions, crimes, thoughts, feelings;they are all laid out in the many, many pages of his well edited and produced work.

I loved this book. It is an epic read, but every detail, no matter how small, is necessary to the book to give you a real sense of just what prison is like, and what feelings it stirs up. Gary himself is quite often opinionated, often feeling superior to his cellmates and wardens and this does show in his work. He gets into petty battles over things with the wardens, leading to a high number of Tier tickets for his behaviour.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anna Bernyc on July 22, 2012
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I saw this book posted somewhere on facebook and I didnt save the name so I spent hours looking for the book again. I finally found it emailed the wrong Gary then got the right one.

It was so worth all the trouble to get a copy to review. I loved this book.

It left me wanted to know more about Gary and his life. I laughed cried cheered.

I told my mom about this book and she is going to read it also.

I give it a 5 star rated for a 2 reasons 1. Left me wanting more 2. It was so well written I felt like I was right there

I was emailed a pdf copy to read and review after I contacted Gary Goldstein
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary M. Forbes on April 3, 2012
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This is a powerful story of one man's struggle to defeat obstacles, both inner and outer. There is a lesson to all of consequences and individual responsibility. `If you are down at the bottom, there is only one way to go - up'. Using courage and insight, Goldstein proves to himself and others it's possible. Faith and hope are encouraging aspects of his journey.

A great read guaranteed to help others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By destinysbook on September 19, 2013
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This book was very long. Showed the life of Gary Goldstein while he was in New York State Prisons. Gary, had already had a prior offence when he was arrested for this felony. I still am not sure why Gary felt the need to feel he didn't deserve the five years. During his writing of this memoir he described people that worked for the prison system, other inmates, and the rabbis who had positions at the prison. His descriptions of the people were mean and very self loathing. I took this through out his story as Gary, looking down on anyone with a blue collar income. There were many typos and structure of paragraphs and sentencing that needs to be fixed, granted it has been self published two other times. I hope that Gary fixes these issues and shortens the book so it shortens the rhetoric on many pages. The book to me seems to be away of trying to beat the judicial system of New York. This by no means was a "harsh" punishment. Being convicted with a crime on top of another crime, I was surprised he didn't receive a longer extended stay. Gary, today is a man who is giving back. he has learned to live his life and still struggles with his own addiction while still helping others to get the attended help they need.
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