Robbert K. Wittman: Priceless (book review)

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”

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Publisher: Crown
Release Date: June 1, 2009
# of Pages: 336

Personal Foul: The Scandal that Rocked the NBA (book review)

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.

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Publisher:Four Daughters LLC
Publication Date: June 29, 2010
# of Pages: 268