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  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146818377X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468183771
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,052,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review by Jean Brickell

The most unusual book I have ever read.  Abandoned by both parents, a victim of physical and sexual abuse by nuns and a Catholic layman, the author becomes the offender and spends years in prison.

Don't be turned off by this book.  His life is a compelling story and offers profound advice for parents.

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From the Author

At the age of seventy I had to take a hard look at my life. I had been hounded by two questions for the past three decades: What causes a pedophile to cross the line and abuse children, and is there a cure?

Pedophilia is considered a disease. Acting on their sexual impulses makes it a crime. Society treats both pedophilia and child molestation as if it were the plague. Unfortunately, they are not looking for the cause and a cure. They take the band aid approach and focus on punishment and revenge instead of prevention. And this attitude is what allows child abuse to continue and to go mostly undetected.

Most people will not reveal their dark secrets, especially if they tend to enrage others when those secrets are revealed. But I had to reveal mine, regardless of the consequences. I firmly believe that no one should write a book unless they have something important to say, and that it will benefit society. I met that criteria so I set off to spill my guts. I also knew that anyone who thought they knew me would have a much different opinion o9f me after reading my autobiography.

A few Christians told me it was difficult to read my book because of the subject matter and language. Some stopped reading after one chapter. Unfortunately, they missed the message I want to disseminate.

Initially I entitled my unbelievable autobiography From a Dime a Dozen to Priceless. That title represented the beginning of my life of crime and the end of it.

As I began writing I changed the title to reflect the purposeof my book: to try to examine my life to see if it contained the answers to my questions regarding pedophilia and child molestation.

I believe I accomplished this goal.

I hope anyone reading my autobiography will use the information it contains to detect possible child abuse in their environment and prevent it. How many Penn State leaders missed the opportunity to detect and prevent. They allowed ten years of child victimization. Perhaps if the message of my book was made available to them, children would have had a higher priority than football.

More About the Author

I was raised in St. Francis Orphan Asylum in Orwigsburg, PA from 1942 until 1952. I was transferred to St. Joseph's House for Homeless and Industrious Boys in Philadelphia, PA.
Because of what happened to me in both orphanages, and how it affected the rest of my life, I decided to share these experiences.
Readers of my unbelievable autobiography have emailed me that they shed tears and laughed at my writing.
I lived on the streets of Philadelphia for a few years and became a survivalist. My first legitimate job was with Gimble's Department store in Philly. A boss there called me a dime a dozen and I ripped off $25,000 worth of tires to prove I was worth more.
The next half century finds me in the Air Force, as a salesman for the California Fruit Exchange, involved in Young Republican politics, then off to law school while working as a railroad conductor and publishing a newspaper in a small northern California town.
I get convicted of a despicable crime and serve time in Folsom Prison,the most violent prison in California.
It is this crime which convinced me I had to write my autobiography to hopefully prevent other victims. I also needed to understand the cause and if there was a cure to my crime. The experts say both are unknown. I found both the cause and cure to mine.
After a twenty year career with the State of California, I retired in 2004 and have been traveling around the country enjoying my hobby of photography. I produce what I call vistagraphs which are very large panoramic photographs on canvas. My website is

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By DFreysinger on August 21, 2012
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I am the victim of Steve's molestation. I ask that you not purchase this book. There is no excuse for this man to profit from his story of victimizing an 11 year old. If he were sorry for his crime he would have given the rights of his book to a victims fund.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kiwes on December 13, 2012
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As much as I would have liked to give a higher rating than the two stars I've given it, this book was downright horrible to read--and not because of the content on which it was based.

First, let me start off by saying I was under the impression that this book was going to give insight into the heart and mind of a pedophile, and all I came away with was Mr. Mizera's job history and the love he had for the Russian family he's introduced to later on through the book.

The chapters were entirely too long, and extremely redundant. The only insight I gained from this book is pretty much what I already knew about pedophiles, and, in my opinion, there was nothing new added. There really isn't a cause nor a cure, which was one of the reasons I chose to read this book because I thought it was going to offer something I hadn't already known, but unfortunately, that's not what I got.

To devote several pages on the different types of pedophilia from Wikipedia isn't my idea of adding anything new or interesting. Anyone can do that! To discuss each and every job you've literally held throughout your life with such detail which spanned over a voluminous amount of pages had absolutely nothing to do with the sickness Mr. Mizera possesses.

At the very least I was extremely disappointed and happy that my downloaded Kindle version wasn't that expensive, otherwise I think I'd be even more critical. There were entirely too many typos and for one of the chapters to be based on a Newspaper he used to write with a friend of his, it makes me wonder just how much education did he actually have in journalism?

The only thing that qualified this book as being one is the fact there were words written, but what they said didn't mean much in the way of this true story.
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This book is more of an autobiography of a pedophile than a study of the psychological subject. It is interesting because it is written as a first-person record of this man's experience, however, it deals far more with issues other than pedophilia. The book serves as a very good argument against group housing of young boys/ children, especially when those children are having emotional or behavior problems. It also offers strong evidence against physical punishment. A really good editor would make this 2-star book into a 4 or 5-star book by keeping the author on subject and digging more deeply into the feelings associated with both the anger and the desire experienced by the author. I would say that this book would be of interest to anyone who works with children, deals with our penal system as it relates to children, or who studies the psychology of pedophilia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy R. on July 9, 2013
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This has been a topic that has been very hard for me to explore but this book was non-threatening and safe.
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