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Jew in Jail Paperback – November 2, 2010
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Within a couple of weeks, Abbott murdered Richard Adan, an aspiring actor who was working as a waiter at a restaurant called Binibon's in the East Village over an argument pertaining to Abbott's request to use the washroom.
In 1998, Gary Goldstein, a habitual abuser of narcotics and alcohol, held up a string of dry cleaning establishments in uptown Manhattan. Under the influence, he used a toy gun and in this same inebriated presence of mind, confessed to the cops who promised him leniency if he cooperated without the presence of a lawyer.
Unfortunately, Goldstein wasn't seen as meshuganah high on pills and alcohol, but rather as a danger to society and was sentenced to 7 years in prison.
Mr. Goldstein spent his time productively in lockup, not unlike Abbott, researching, learning and familiarizing himself with the system...and then writing a novel: JEW IN JAIL. Unlike Abbott, Goldstein comes from a loving and supportive Brooklyn family and hadn't grown up in "the system". A college graduate with great promise who worked in the journalism field, at one point Goldstein was a productive member of society pursuing his passion which was writing and sports coverage, however, that career slowly deteriorated, his criminal behavior reflecting increasingly antisocial choices due to his addictions which he had found no means to control.Read more ›
Gary tells his tale throughout in his own candid way and his voice is one of a strong, very opinionated man. First of all, it is obvious from his crimes that he was heavily under the influence of drink and drugs, and not of sound mind; he is arrested on the street, casually drinking a bottle of Bud, having robbed 3 dry cleaners of their cash to pay off his debt. Not the actions of a hardened criminal, but obviously needing to be punished all the same.
What infuriated me about this was not Gary's actions, (which obviously are inexcusable), but the obvious stitch-up job by the police, his lawyer, and even his Judge. Gary soon finds himself, sober, shocked and in jail on a 7 year prison term. I have to say, I wanted to slap his lawyer on more than one occasion and I am sure I would be part of a long queue.
This book is essentially Gary's prison diaries, he lays it all bare, his addictions, crimes, thoughts, feelings;they are all laid out in the many, many pages of his well edited and produced work.
I loved this book. It is an epic read, but every detail, no matter how small, is necessary to the book to give you a real sense of just what prison is like, and what feelings it stirs up. Gary himself is quite often opinionated, often feeling superior to his cellmates and wardens and this does show in his work. He gets into petty battles over things with the wardens, leading to a high number of Tier tickets for his behaviour.Read more ›
It was so worth all the trouble to get a copy to review. I loved this book.
It left me wanted to know more about Gary and his life. I laughed cried cheered.
I told my mom about this book and she is going to read it also.
I give it a 5 star rated for a 2 reasons 1. Left me wanting more 2. It was so well written I felt like I was right there
I was emailed a pdf copy to read and review after I contacted Gary Goldstein
A great read guaranteed to help others.
Not everyone faces the world in the same way. Not everyone feels they have to abide by the rules, work for a living without taking what does not belong to them. Some justify their actions because they need to fill a void, need to overcome a problem or just because they in this case owe money to someone. Drugs, alcohol, pills, medication and poor self-esteem are a deadly combination when mixed together. Minds can be dulled, reflexes impaired and thoughts blinded by the lack of understanding caused by all of the above. When one young man named Gary Goldstein sets his sites on robbing three dry cleaners for the sake of ripping them off in order to pay his bookie the money owed him, little did he think, know or understand that his life would change forever.
Gary decided to take his chances and follow his instincts when executing these robberies. In 1998 Gary Goldstein strung out on drugs, alcohol and pills a deadly combination with a toy gun tucked away and used for effect only to scare his victims not only confessed to the cops under suspicious conditions, thought he might be set free if he told them the truth, but wound up in jail without any contact with the outside world for quite some time. A lawyer that was definitely not on his side and a sidebar meeting that would tilt the hands of justice and balance the scale but not in his direction, Gary hoped that the judge would be kind, give him a lighter sentence if he gave the police what they wanted before he lawyered up as they say. But, although he hoped to be seen as someone off balance, crazy and in need of some sympathy and help the judge, the police and the court deemed him a menace of danger to society and hence her was sent to the tombs and then Rikers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An amazing story written with power, passion, blood, sweat and tears. Packed with emotion, this is a must read. Everyone needs this story of life on the edge. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lauri Flaquer
My 16-year-old nephew was recently charged with two misdemeanors and a felony. Like the Gary I knew when he was younger, my nephew is brilliant, kind, articulate and has a world of... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Marshall S. Chase
"Jew in Jail," by Gary Goldstein is exceptionally well written and one of those books that once you get into, is very difficult to put down, a credit to Mr. Read morePublished on April 20, 2014 by Stenomann
This book was very long. Showed the life of Gary Goldstein while he was in New York State Prisons. Gary, had already had a prior offence when he was arrested for this felony. Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by destinysbook
Gary Goldstein takes you on a journey from the time of his arrest to his life in prison. It's an in depth look at our Justice
System. Read more
When I was given the 700+ page book of Jew in Jail, I wasn't sure what I was going to read. It looked like a memoir and I have never found the concept of reading a memoir as... Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Brandon Wright
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Uncertainty is a terrible thing. That is what I was experiencing while reading, Jew in Jail by Gary Goldstein. Read more
I read this tome because Gary was to be a guest on It Matters Radio and I was to co-host. To be honest, if I hadn't made that commitment, I wouldn't have read it. Read morePublished on July 6, 2012 by Kenneth A. Weene