A License to Steal: A father's genius, A son's revenge, But payback has a price

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An unbelievable journey full of love, fear, violence, hate, and redemption. You'll feel the love a family has for each other. --Frank Vincent, actor, The Sopranos and Goodfellas --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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* "An unbelievable journey full of love, fear, violence, hate and redemption. You'll feel the love a family has for each other,"--Frank Vincent
* "It didn't feel like Mafia to me. This felt like a father and son story, a father and son tragedy,"--Gregory Marquette, Producer/ Director/Screenwriter
* "Despite the thousands of gems that have passed through Shaw's hands over 30 years, all he has left are his memories,"--Jason Kersten Maxim Magazine
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Omega Publishing Group, Inc. (March 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097860590X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978605902
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,825,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Riemer on March 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't help but see the first review posted. This person declines to identify themselves. This book is not about the Dinner Set Gang. If you would read the book you would of seen that. This book is about a genius father and a disgruntled son. True there are references to the Dinner Set Gang. Walter was not an original member, but he was a member at one time. The original members stole from their own and when Walter realized that he left and started his own group. Since then others have cloned their methods. Walter was a great jewel thief who is no longer in business. He has been a family man and a wonderful husband and father. The original members of the Dinner Set Gang are still thieves and some are still incarcerated in prison. I would highly recommend the book. I happen to have been involved in a small way investigating this gang and Walter Shaw and found the book based on my research to be accurate and true. I would recommend it to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Brover on July 9, 2013
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Dull at best. I saw a story on this on TV and was excited to read this book. The storyline was choppy and I could not get into the book. I enjoy Mafia/mob type books, but this one was nothing special. I kept hoping for more substance, but in my opinion, one story ran into another and nothing particularly interesting was revealed. I also question the author's account of his father's inventions. Seems that the father really got a raw deal in life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danielcirca1635 on March 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It is a very interesting, factual book about an inventive father whose inventions were overlooked or stolen by big business, including AT&T.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vicky S. on October 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The people and story in this book is a documentary now. It isn't out yet but I saw this Facebook page.
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Walter Shaw Sr. was an amazing man and everyone needs to know his story and inventions.
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By August on November 9, 2013
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The story kept losing my interest. I was surprised because I read a lot of the ratings for this book but it just couldn't keep my attention.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Marquette - Screenwriter on March 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have read several reviews of A LICENSE TO STEAL from the life story of Walter Shaw and his late father. As the writer of the screenplay of this man's life, I felt it was important to offer some thoughts. Every review I have read, thus far, has been positive and each reader to whom I have spoken has been intrigued - and for good reason. I did the original research on this family and after years of research, I can attest to the veracity and substance of the story. And I can attest to the extraordinary history on which this story is based. It is a history of corporate betrayal, shattered dreams, crime sprees, the Mafia, remarkable crimes, family tragedy and heartwrenching loss. Readers will note that Mr. Shaw is not "glamorizing" his life and so the book becomes a testament to the truth of the real tragedy - that of a family unwound and fractured by choices made by father and by son. I interviewed many parties in the writing of the screenplay and what becomes apparent is that Mr. Shaw is sad for his loss and feels the pain, mostly caused by impulsive decisions he made as a young man. Clearly, these decisions would impact many people over an entire lifetime. Mr. Shaw makes no claim to be a hero - far from it. And so while this is a book, it is also a testimony, a confession, a diary and a goodbye essay to his father and to lives unfulfilled. A LICENSE TO STEAL is an extraordinary American tragedy and a amazing read. - GM
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