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Lessons from a Drug Lord: The Most Unexpected Lessons from the Most Unexpected Person [Paperback]

Shaun Attwood
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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Burman Books, Inc. (20 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192700540X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927005408
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Shaun's story is the Manchester rave scene meets Wall Street and ends in The Shawshank Redemption" - Jon Ronson author of The Psychopath Test

"If you like Breaking Bad, you will love Shaun's trilogy. Shaun Attwood was the Walter White of the Ecstasy market in Arizona" - DJ Keoki

As told on National Geographic Channel's Banged-Up Abroad "Raving Arizona," Shaun Attwood arrived in Phoenix, Arizona, a penniless business graduate from a small industrial town in England. Within a decade, he became a stock-market millionaire. But he was leading a double life.

After taking his first Ecstasy pill at a rave in Manchester as a shy student, Shaun became intoxicated by the party lifestyle that would change his fortune. Years later in the Arizona desert, Shaun became submerged in a criminal underworld, throwing parties for thousands of ravers and running an Ecstasy ring in competition with the Mafia mass murderer Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano.

On May 16th 2002, a SWAT team knocked his door down. He ended up in the jail with the highest rate of death in America, where not only gang members but even guards were murdering prisoners. Shaun documented the conditions using a golf pencil sharpened on the door: dead rats in the food, the techniques he used to sleep with cockroaches crawling on him, gang mayhem and violence... His aunt smuggled his writing out of the jail, and his blog, Jon's Jail Journal, turned the international media spotlight on the conditions.

Facing a life sentence, Shaun entered a lengthy legal battle. After two years of being held on remand, Shaun was convicted of drug offences. He was sentenced to 9½ years, and served almost 6.

Shaun had only read finance books prior to his arrest. While incarcerated, he submerged himself in literature - reading over 1000 books, including many classics. By studying original texts in psychology and philosophy, he sought to better understand himself and his past behaviour.

Shaun was released in December 2007, and continues to campaign against Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He keeps Jon's Jail Journal going by posting stories mailed to him by his prison friends.

In July 2008, he won a Koestler award for a short story, which he read to an audience at the Royal Festival Hall.

Shaun presently lives near London, and talks to audiences of young people across the UK and Europe about his experiences and the consequences of getting involved in drugs and crime.

Shaun's life story is the English Shaun Trilogy, with Hard Time (2010) as the middle volume. The prequel is Party Time (2013). The sequel is Prison Time (2014). Shaun's fourth book is a self-help called Lessons from a Drug Lord. The blog entries Shaun wrote in the maximum-security Madison Street jail are available as an ebook: Jon's Jail Journal.

Shaun is available for interviews and Skype discussions with book clubs.


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Lessons from a Drug Lord includes what Shaun learned when he was forced to reappraise his life in the harsh reality Arizona's penal system, including supermaximum-security prison. The people imparting wisdom to Shaun range from his psychotherapist, Dr. Owen, and his meditation master, Andrew, to Two Tonys, a Mafia mass murderer serving 112 years for killing rival gangsters, and T-Bone, an ex-Marine using formidable fighting skills to stop prison rape. These lessons - told via anecdotes and Socratic dialogue - will force you to re-examine your life and what is truly important. They include: • Love the Right Person: a dysfunctional relationship can derail everything you have worked for • Take Time for Introspection: the foundation for personal development is self-knowledge • Identify and Overcome Addictions: unacknowledged addictions can creep out of control and devastate your life • Value Your Family: make time for the people who love you unconditionally • Make Slow and Careful Progress: shortcuts are tempting, but not worth the high price

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons 9 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback
Shaun Attwood offers us a personal account into everything he has learnt before, during and after his time in one of America's most deadliest prisons. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. It's a quick read and while very entertaining, it is also an honest and intimate book that really had me hooked. I love that it was written so casually! It was such an enjoyable book, and filled with support that I found very inspiring to read. I highly recommend this to anyone, especially to anyone who has read the original trilogy; Hard Time, Party Time and Prison Time. Such an easy read and you walk away from the book feeling like you've been on the journey with Shaun Attwood, as well as allowing us to be reflective on some of the choices that we have made. I really loved this book and think everyone should check it out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons 17 May 2014
Format:Paperback
First off the bat I must congratulate Mr Attwood on creating a quick, effortless read that was easy to digest and very enjoyable.
For those of us who are yet to come across Shaun’s work let me tell you, well paraphrase from his goodreads bio page, a little about him and his interesting background. Raised in a small chemical-manufacturing town in northern England, Shaun was the first from his family to go to university. As a penniless graduate, he took his business degree to Phoenix, and worked his way up to become a stock-market millionaire. But he also led a double life. An early fan of the Manchester rave scene, Shaun headed an organisation that threw raves and distributed Ecstasy. On May 16th 2002, a SWAT team knocked his door down. He sentenced to 9 years, and served almost 6. Shaun was released in December 2007, and continues to campaign against Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He keeps Jon’s Jail Journal going by posting stories mailed to him by his prison friends. Shaun presently lives near London, and talks to student audiences across the UK and Europe about his jail experience and the consequences he faced from getting involved in drugs and crime.
I must admit I wasn’t expecting much when I first received this book in the post, after all this comes after a trilogy of his life and time in prison, that I am yet to read. But as I had won this copy in a competition run by Shaun on his twitter page I thought I should at least give it a go, and I must admit I am glad I did.
Shaun’s writing style is casual yet entertaining, he keeps you turning those pages without being sensationalist about the emotive subject covered.
I especially like the story of the relationship he formed with a charismatic mob hit man, known as ‘Two Tony’s’.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most unexpected lessons..... 25 April 2014
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Firstly this book is great fun to read because every lesson is exemplified with stories from Shaun's life- stories of the success obtained by adhering to each lesson and even more tragicomically, stories of the consequences that followed from not adhering to the lesson, such as the time Shaun tried to cut corners by making fast cash from selling Ecstasy only to have Sammy the Bull's crew try to kidnap him. They ended up knocking out one of his associates front teeth, causing Shaun to reappraise that line of work. As well as great entertainment I have learned practically from this book particularly about the dangers of addiction and the party lifestyle. It's also inspirational in that Shaun achieved massive success from nothing, coming from a little know UK town and moving to America with only his student credit cards to survive on. In this sense this book should be on the school curriculum as it's a practical guide for young people setting out in life. It clearly demonstrates what not to do and that in the long run, hard work and persistence will win out. Having read Shaun's trilogy about his life, I like how this book brings everything up to date.
Highly recommended.
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Far more reflective and intimate than the English Shaun trilogy, this philosophical text is a departure from Attwood's fast-paced non-fiction novels. Instead, 'Lessons' offers practical support to anyone seeking to conquer and control their own runaway lifestyle; an absolute must in this day and age as stressful situations and day-to-day responsibilities threaten to overwhelm us. Attwood offers the antidote to this pandemic and delivers his advice using a mix of humerous and terrifying anecdotes and with a narrative voice born of experience and new-found harmony and humility.
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