The Upside of Fear (Hardcover)

How One Man Broke the Cycle of Prison, Poverty, and Addiction

By Weldon Long

Greenleaf Book Group, 9781608320004, 199pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2009

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“In a gritty and compelling memoir, Weldon Long relates his journey from a life of violent crime, alcoholism, and substance abuse to a successful career as CEO of his own multimillion-dollar company. With the redemptive power of a positive attitude, an honest heart, a loving spirit, and the courage to change one's life for the better, Long sets a powerful example.”
— Jean Petrovs, Books Galore, Watkinsville, GA
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The Upside of Fear allows reader to experience the harsh reality of a criminal life and creates a riveting portrait of true crime at its fundamental level. From buying the duct tape for an armed robbery to saving the life of a prison guard, author Weldon Long recounts his harrowing journey of self-discovery and how he went from being a drunk in a jail cell to the CEO of a multimillion-dollar business. Twenty years of drinking, robbing, drugging, and lying led Long to more than a decade of time spent in prisons, jails, and halfway houses - and a more strained relationship with a son he barely knew.

Through the revealing perspective of an eloquent criminal, readers will discover how to use fear as a positive motivating force and use the mind to strengthen the will, even in the bleakest of circumstances. Long's story demonstrates that love can redeem even the most hopeless criminal.

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