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Product Details

  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Concord Bridge Press (March 17, 2006)
  • ISBN-10: 0977283003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977283002
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,083,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Oliver G. Halle spent 28 years in the FBI as a special agent before retiring in 2003. The contributing authors spent time in federal prison.

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Easy to read.
Chris
The courage that she displayed as she shared her story truthfully in hopes to reach others that might be falling into the same trap was astounding.
Mitra Bathai
The book makes you cringe as you read it: to know that the person telling the story is going to lose in the end.
J. Souders

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mitra Bathai on April 25, 2007
I have had the pleasure of sitting in two lectures of the author and two of his co-authors. The first time was during my final semester in a graduate course in 2006. Diann Cattani, one of the co-authors, was the only presenter at the time. The presentation was so mesmerizing that you could hear a pin drop in the entire room. This was a true story of personal battles, a good wonderful person with an excellent upbringing, giving into pressures mostly created by her alone, and taking the easier wrong path rather the harder right - and paying dearly as a result. The courage that she displayed as she shared her story truthfully in hopes to reach others that might be falling into the same trap was astounding.

I purchased the book that night and could not put it down till I finished it. The main author, Oliver Halle, is a retired special FBI agent, sharing his "life changing" and "life shaping" stories, and defining the distinction between the two. In addition to Diann's story, the book has two other fascinating stories of real people as well, of Josh Kenyon and Walt Pavlo, two other upstanding individuals who somewhere along the way took the easier wrong rather that the harder right; and ended up with having to face dire consequences. These are not fictional characters, these are real people, high upstanding educated professionals who know right from wrong, yet they fell into a downward spiral of destruction after taking the easier wrong, until it led to their total demise.

As I began my carrier as an auditor, and began studying for Forensic Accounting, I often thought about Diann's presentation and the message of the book. When I heard there is going to be another presentation at the same class a year later in 2007, I contacted my professor and asked permission to be present.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dana R. Hermanson on April 26, 2006
I started reading the book last night, and the next thing I knew, I finished it. This is an excellent resource for our students, and I congratulate the authors for a job extremely well done.

Halle's front-end material and the three tragic stories at the end of the book make for a very powerful message. I have had this group speak to my graduate accounting class twice, and they are fantastic! My students have been "blown away" both times, and the book is very consistent with the theme of their seminar.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marcia H. Mccredie on April 3, 2006
In this small volume, Oliver Halle speaks volumes about the compelling lures and lapses in judgment that can lead the best of people into spiraling descents of ruination, culminating in felony convictions and prison terms.

His contributing authors are Diann Cattani, Josh Kenyon, and Walt Pavlo-three bright, well-educated people who would have never dreamed they would end their careers as convicted felons. Their lives are tragic: destroyed families, abandonment by friends, disbarment, employment opportunities reduced to menial occupations devoid of even health benefits. Their written stories, including the heartbreak of a child revealed in a Christmas letter to her father in prison, are poignant and painful recollections of how normal, respectable people can rationalize criminal behavior under stress. Living with the consequences of their actions after prison has become a second sentence as they forage through the guilt-ridden ruins of their former lives and struggle to integrate their crimes with their self-perception. Their second chance is working with Halle. As "Taking the Harder Right" presenters, they courageously take their stories public in hopes of sparing others a similar fate.

A retired 28-year veteran FBI special agent who holds Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degrees, Halle was certified as a legal advisor and ethics instructor by the FBI. Drawing on his life experiences, Halle shares his personal ethical underpinnings as well as his own disillusionment at discovering that a trusted associate had lapsed into criminal behavior. He is the founding president of Oliver G. Halle & Associates, Inc., featuring a fraud-prevention, ethical awareness training program. Additional information about the company can be found at www.CorporateScaredStraight.com.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Souders on November 7, 2006
A great read - should be required for all college students. I talked with a man on his way back from Hong Kong about the "slippery slope" Taking the Harder Right presents while flying back to ATL. The book makes you cringe as you read it: to know that the person telling the story is going to lose in the end. If this were a mystery novel, you could hope that the characters would take the harder right before things went too far; knowing that each of the three stories was written post-prison took away that hope and made it very sobering to read. The lesson that I hope others (and myself) get from this book is this: that we should continually choose the harder right from the beginning; not wait until just before things go too far. I kept thinking of the novel The Firm as I read your book. The trappings of wealth and evil can be very subtle in the beginning - that was the lure that trapped the attorneys and made them stay in the firm.

It also reminded me of the "boiling a frog" analogy. Supposedly, you can actually boil a frog to death. If you throw a frog into boiling water, it will - obviously - jump out of the pan (or at least make every effort to do so). However, if you set the frog into a pan of lukewarm water and then slowly heat it, it will literally stay put until it is cooked! With evil and corruption, we see the same thing in this book. None of the guest writers were approached with a "Hey, let's break the law, and I will give you lots of money" offer - instead, they fell prey to subtle approaches that they could justify. Like the frog, they could rationalize, "Hey, the water isn't that much hotter!" Sad results, but I am glad that all seem to have chosen now to take the harder right and seem truly penitent (not just sorry that they got caught) and seem to be making restitution.
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