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Cleaning Up: One Man's Redemptive Journey Through the Seductive World of Corporate Crime Hardcover – January 21, 2005

4.1 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Barry Minkow, cofounder of the Fraud Discovery Institute, earned a masters of divinity degree from Liberty University and today divides his time between busting investment scams and serving as the senior pastor of Community Bible Church in San Diego, California, where he lives with his wife Lisa and twin sons Robert and Dylan.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595550046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595550040
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Rarely do I read autobiographies where the author so honestly discloses his past and current flaws. Cleaning Up is a story that will inspire, encourage and motivate those who have failed--even to the point of prison. The book reads like a movie and no doubt one will shortly follow. It is the perfect gift to inspire a loved one or friend who has just suffered a huge set back.

One more thing. I am easily bored and yet I could not put the book down and finished it in two sittings. The book has such continuity and is very well written. The publisher should offer a money back guarantee on this one and would have no takers!
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Barry Minkow does not mince words nor spare himself in this detailed mesmerizing account of his life. In his zeal for popularity and success as a very young man, a teenager, he misused his brilliance and perpetrated a colossal business scam that caused him to be sent to prison. Having repaid his debt to society and the banks and folks he defrauded he is both wiser and more mature. He has picked up the pieces of his existence and now serves a purposeful life as a Minister helping others. He also uses his skill and experience to aid in fraud-prevention.

His book reads like the best of adventure stories or a mystery novel, but it is all true. He delves into the egos of success-driven personalities, the mystik of financial wizardry, survival in prison, and spiritual redemption.

Well written. An excellent inside look at investment pitfalls.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is not a business book. It is not a how to identify fraud book. It is not a book that lectures to those is corporate America on ethics. What is it? The most inspiring book I have read in years. If there are still doubts in your mind about whether or not people can change, Cleaning Up once and for all will prove to you that people can change and in the case of Barry Minkow thousands of would be investors would be a lot poorer if he hadn't!
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Having lived just a few blocks from Minkow and seeing his commercials on TV when he was first starting out, I've always found his story to be fascinating. A true con man, yes, but it's so interesting to see his genius at work. However, even after the publication of this book he continues to walk down the wrong road. Only now it's worse - pilfering churchgoers, cancer victims, widowers. What once was an interesting albeit corrupt mind has evolved into something evil. Thus the ongoing story is no longer entertaining, it's just repulsive.
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Barry Minkow spills his guts in this tell all book. I believe it is truly an honest account of how took the wrong path early in life, then changed his ways for the better. His analysis of fraud, and the fundamental reasons behind why people commit fraud are outstanding. The relationships he experienced with people he met along his life path were also very interesting. Once I started to read this book, I could not put it down. Highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
An autobiography detailing the creation of a business while still in high school that eventually is worth millions and then falls like a matchstick creation as it was started with fraud from beginning to end. This is the story of how that was accomplished, his time in prison where he meets the most important person in his life, and after he gets out about his failures and his acceptance of his new found accomplishments. A wonderful read!!
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Nonfiction never read so well! Minkow reveals a combination of strength and vulnerability that can only come from having gone through hell and back. Cleaning Up is no ordinary tale of why crime doesn't pay, but an exciting adventure that page by page draws the reader further in. Clever writing of an intriguing story makes one wonder...who will get to play him in the movie?
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Barry Minkow was born a scum bag and remains a scum bag. His lies in this book are meaningless. He is back in prison for massive fraud. Worst of all he rips of grandmothers. Using religion as a front to rip off people is one of the oldest cons in human history, but Barry Minkow has taken it to a whole new level. We can only he he meets his demise while in prison.
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