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How to Break Out of Prison Hardcover – August 16, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
"Corporate executives and crime czars have a lot in common.... Just about any truly competent upper-level drug operator could lead a legitimate business unit," observes business consultant Wareham. The author, who has spent time not only teaching prisoners how to adjust to life on the outside but also training international business leaders, theorizes that, on both cellblocks and executive floors, people create "mental prisons" for themselves that may inhibit them from leading the lives they want to live. He explains how corporate executives often exhibit sentiments similar to inmates', which prevent them from working effectively and enjoying life. One of the book's most powerful sections, "How to Sound the Bugle and Advance to the Rear," identifies the common theme of catching people's attention by doing something that is at once self-important and counterproductive. To illustrate this, Wareham tells of a newly released prisoner who attends night classes that run so late into the evening that he misses evening curfew and thus violates parole. Meanwhile, his executive counterpart, at the helm of a troubled company, calls for bold new corporate initiatives and promptly books a round-the-world flight to meet with prospective clients in the hope that "someone on the ground will find a solution, somehow." Both personages have thus sounded the bugle and advanced to the rear. Wareham's unusual sociological premise, real-life examples, highly readable format and self-assessment personality quizzes will appeal to those seeking to change their lives.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Lecturer Wareham (Secrets of a Corporate Headhunter) writes that "all prisons are mental prisons" from which no one is exempt and that "even the sanest among us routinely become trapped in unrealistic value systems." Interesting parallels are drawn between two disparate groups: corporate executives and hardened criminals. The former can become trapped in psychological prisons just as the latter are trapped in mental states that lead them to prison. Invigorating writing, bold ideas, and an almost cocky tone combine with edgy, intricate logic to create a book that is not an effortless read but will result in a fresh and energized perspective. Though Tom Bay and David Macpherson's Change Your Attitude: Creating Success One Thought at a Time has broader appeal, Wareham's energy not to mention his effective use of Shakespearean quotes will charm many. Recommended.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Prisons have often been referred to as laboratories of "what is not working" in a society. Here is your chance to come the closest you'll ever come to understanding the enigmatic nature of recidivism via participating in a remarkable series of encounter groups with inmates confined in the world's largest municipal detention center, the Rikers Island Correctional Complex of the New York City Department of Correction. With a beautiful and concise depiction of the discontent often expressed in a wide variety of group therapy sessions as sick and tired of being sick and tired, Wareham offers up a profound and creative thesis of transforming a specious sense of personal autonomy into a pure sense of freedom. Everyone wants what everyone else wants: to be heard and to make a difference.
Ironically, the self-elucidating nature of Wareham's journey into the heart and soul of Riker's Island becomes even more transparent in light of the spurious greed among the current cast of corporate crooks bilking our pensions and investment portfolios. In Chapter One, you will meet a classic Type-A, CEO: His haughtiness and irritation suggests a man imprisoned by the very sense of inferiority that he's so desperate to deny. Wareham's savvy insight into the ways of mice and men makes it crystal clear that the biggest prison in the world is "between your ears." Want to cease competing with childhood ghosts? Want to eradicate the illusion of separateness from others? Want to stop participating in subliminal conspiracies of self-abnegation? There is absolutely no need to continue shadow boxing with self-made enemies. Here is your chance to achieve all of the above and more. Simply, join John Wareham, and the inmates of Rikers Island, in perfecting the art and science of How to Break Out of Prison.
The book offers an on-target approach in the use of group dynamics and positive-peer interaction (PPI) in correctional inmate program services, as well as probation, parole, and community corrections (i.e. halfway houses and substance abuse centers). In fact, this book can serve as a tool kit for everyone in anchoring personal and civic identity within the increasing onslaught of the post-modern world. I highly recommend it.