I put off reading this book for a couple of months… what a mistake that was! I couldn’t put it down and it only took me a couple of sittings to finish it. It is that interesting.
Robert K. Wittman was the founder of the FBI Art Crime Unit, one that focuses on retrieving the world’s stolen treasures from paintings, to sculptures to other rare items that are sold in the black market. Mr. Wittman takes you along going undercover across 3 continents to retrieve items like Rembrandts, Vemeer and an original copy of The Bills of Rights, along with others that are priceless.
Every chapter in the book is dedicated to a different sting operation. Mr. Wittman not only shares with us the details of each operation, but also gives us a history lesson of the items, which i found very interesting getting to know the history of the various paintings. Given that Mr. Wittman is a collector himself, he really knows what he is talking about and also look for when going undercover.
I guarantee you will not be able to put it down. His story is so amazing and you can picture everything in your head as you are reading along! Not too shabby for a guy whose career was almost before it even started due to “The Accident”
Release Date: June 1, 2009
# of Pages: 336
What an awesome book. It took me just 2 sittings to finish it, and let me tell you, what a page turner!
This is the story of Gary Noesner, the chief officer in command of the FBI Crisis Hostage negotiations. The book starts with an intense stand off, and it made me feel like I was picturing everything just like in a movie. From then on the stories just keep coming and coming and are written extreme detail. Sometimes the siege would end with no casualties, sometimes the ended in the worst possible scenario. Mr. Noesner was there negotiating ir assisting in some of the biggest cases this country has encountered like Waco (which of course is covered in the book) and on some of the lesser known cases that had little to no coverage in the media. Mr. Noesner paints a picture for you that makes you feel like you’re sitting right there with him going through these tough situations.
With Mr. Noesner knowledge and experience he has been able to create some of the guidelines that are used to date by the FBI and local law enforcement agencies when it comes to hostage negotiation.
Get this book and read it because I guarantee you will not be dissappointed. Even if this genre doesnt intrigue you, you won’t be able to put this book down.
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: September 21, 2010
# of Pages: 240
This is the story of Tim Donaghy and his account of what happened to him during his NBA scandal. I picked up this book because I years back when this happened I was intrigued by it, and I didnt know much about it back then.
Donaghy really does his absolute best telling you what happens. He recounts every little detail and all of the mistakes he made. And boy did he do some bsd stuff. I should clarify he did not “fix” games (which is what most people think), he bet on games based on the referees for that night, and he had a great percentage of winnings 70 to 80 per cent which is insane.
Donaghy goes on great detail telling you many inside stories about a lot of the top refs and players in the league. I couldnt believe what I was reading but Donaghy gave so many soecific details that is hard not to believe any of it. I found myself laughing at many of the stories and the stupid things referees would bet on.
Tim’s addiction did not start in the months leading to his arrest, he had been a gambler for a long long time. He started at a small scale and gradually graduated to the big time gambling (betting in pro sports) which is illegal for refs in the league. Everything he did he explains very well and you will just have to read the book to understand everything.
Such an amazing story and I hope Tim learned his lesson and wish him nothing but the best in the future.
Publisher:Four Daughters LLC
Publication Date: June 29, 2010
# of Pages: 268