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Topless Prophet: The True Story of America's Most Successful Gentleman's Club Entrepreneur Hardcover – October 1, 2009
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But, believe it or not there are drawbacks, like being shot at not once, but twice, and still having the bullet lodged in your neck between your carotid artery and your jugular vein as the surgeons considered it too risky to remove. Or maybe having your then business partner hiring two hitmen to murder you for your share of the nightclub. Or even having to testify against the Mob!
Alan's father was a Holocaust survivor who was liberated from Auschwitz at 16 years and as he says "Maybe that's where I get it from - pluck, perseverance, determinations, balls, a little excess now and then. How else are you going to make it in this business?" His parents wanted him to be a doctor or a lawyer, the typical young-Jewish-guy-does-well-for-himself success story but Alan had other ideas, he saw how his neighbour, Sol Milan, owned a bigger car than his parents and he owned a strip club, and from an early age Alan knew that that was what he wanted.
So, Alan went to Bartender School and, luckily for him, when Sol's regular bartender wanted weekends off he asked Alan to step in, obviously he jumped at the chance and so began his first foray into the world of the 'gentlemens clubs'.Read more ›
These are just some of the surprising facts that the author, Alan Markovitz, shares about his life as the owner/operator of the #1 rated topless club in the United States. Markovitz grew up in Detroit, the child of a Holocaust survivor. When he finished high school, he was at loose ends. He was accepted and tested to be a figher pilot for the Israeli air force, but ultimately declined. He went to college in premed, then later business, but again just wasn't satisfied. He started working at a topless nightclub, and immediately saw the business opportunity that hadn't been exploited there.
When Markovitz started out, most topless nightclubs were lower class establishments, with the typical clientele being biker or other gangs, or blue-collar workers. He saw that there was a niche not being filled. There was room for an upscale club that would cater to businessmen and professionals. This is the type of club he started, along with his father and an older man in the business as partners. His vision was correct, and it led to a lifetime in the business, multiple clubs, and wealth.Read more ›
Mr. Markovitz's personality really comes through and come across as a very dynamic individual. Keep and open mind and try this book, as I did read it straight through. There is a lot of drama here too.
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Well wrote. Not sure how else to say it. It's pretty entertaining. Some parts go faster than others. I skipped the slowest parts.Published on April 28, 2014 by Magic Law Guy
It was interesting to me essentially because I was born and raised in Detroit and was familiar with all of Alan's ventures. Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by Leon
Mr. Markovitz is a legend in his own mind. sounds more like a kid talking than a real man.
He is successful, I give him that. But very immature. Read more
Although autobiographies and business books are not usually my genre, I chanced across this book and I couldn't put it down! Read morePublished on July 4, 2011 by Dallas Reader