A Breed Apart: A Journey to Redemption

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Victor Woods enjoyed a distinctly privileged childhood. Born to an affluent Chicago family -- the son of a Fortune 500 executive and a dedicated schoolteacher -- Woods attended all the best schools, and was never in want for anything. He lived safe in the bosom of a loving home. But like so many African Americans who came of age in post-segregation America, newly entitled to the benefits of racial integration, Woods felt alienated and enraged.
Frustrated by the lack of positive enforcement in his predominantly white community and school system, and his well-intentioned tough-love parents, Woods, at age fifteen, ran away from home and didn't look back. Fascinated by street life and fast money, he turned to petty theft before graduating to armed robbery and credit-card manufacturing. At the height of his larceny, he had amassed forty million dollars' worth of counterfeit credit cards. His high-stakes grifting eventually got the attention of the law and landed him in prison. Six years later, he was released from prison, where many moments of truth brought him to the realization that crime does indeed not pay and he needed to change his life.
Today Victor Woods stands as a man reborn, having dedicated his life and work to speaking to young people, motivating them to get on and stay on the straight and narrow. He tells his incredible story to help others sidestep the darkness and pain that once consumed him. In charting the winding path of his own hard-won journey toward redemption, Woods manages to reach out to readers with the startling emotional immediacy of a letter from an old friend. At once a bracing cautionary tale and a work sure to inspire readers from all walks, A Breed Apart is an invaluable work of penetrating honesty, depth, and passion.

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In this “straightforward, energetic” ( Publishers Weekly) memoir, Victor Woods vividly recounts a trouble-filled and misunderstood childhood in the suburbs of Chicago, the rollercoaster ride that led him to captain a multi-million dollar counterfeit scheme, and his life-changing stint in federal prison.

Victor Woods, charged by the US Federal Government for organizing a credit card scam worth over forty million dollars, refused to implicate his family and friends for a reduced sentence. His then lawyer remarked that he was “a breed apart.”

Woods knew all along that he was different. He rebelled against parental authority and the conformity of school. Growing up, most often he was the only kid of color in a predominantly white neighborhood. For the handsome smooth-talking Woods, a life of crime seemed a fitting alternative to the discontentment of his childhood as it provided the autonomy, money, and lifestyle he so desired. What began as petty theft grew eventually grew into counterfeiting. And then he got caught.

In his authentic matter-of-fact style, Woods shares the details of how he evolved from a rebellious teen to a white collar criminal, and what inspired him to turn his life around while locked away as a federal inmate. Woods’ misdeeds and missteps remind us that sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. His remarkable turnaround shows us that no matter our past we can always make good on a second chance.

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Victor Woods, a professional motivational speaker, lives in Chicago, Illinois. A Breed Apart is his first book.

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