Great real life story!Very nice and very true, I know the author. A great man with a very interesting life. The photo is himself when young.
The Crazy Kid Is an Enduring Friend I have had the Privilege to have met and know.I personally know Bill and met him through my relationship with one of our Mutual Employments. Me with Sterling Payments and Bill with Sterling Funding and both attending a annual convention at the Don Cesar in St Petersburg Beach several years ago.I personally can relate to a lot of his lifes experiences mentioned in his book, good and bad. I have grown to admire and respect Bill through the years and enjoy our sharing of emails on a Daily basis for several years. The Book is a testimony to his integrity, his loyalty to Family first, then friends and Business Associates, as revealed by his wit and humor throughout the Book. If you ever get the chance to sit down with Bill over a drink and a Cigar, I highly recommend you seize the opportunity. Falling short of that opportunity I suggest you purchase and read his Book. That will give you the opportunity to befriend him as closely as you could by any other means short of meeting and enjoying personal fellowship with Him. I and my wife both give this Book a well deserved 5 stars and know there are Sequals yet to be written.
The Crazy Life of a Kid from Brooklyn
…is a fun, fast-paced, humorous and descriptive autobiography of the author Bill Morgenstein. The book is congenially filled with a plethora of sections/chapters that puts a title on the proceeding section of his itinerary. Although I’d prefer that the author had made mention his age at the beginning of every chapter, I give credit to this slight foreshadowing as it makes it easier for the reader to follow chronologically through his experiences. Ideally, I’d suggest that this book is more tenable for an older audience because the wide array of Bill’s experiences and areas visited are within an esoteric realm that is more understood by someone of experience – a cosmopolitan. But I would say that this book is suitable for a younger audience (18-25) as well because of the feasibility and the parables. There are moral and even life lessons that can be learned even if one can’t necessarily relate.
Bill starts off his autobiography by describing his early childhood. He first mentions that during the onset of the great depression his father, Sam, had lost his entire fortune and was forced to liquidate his successful curtain-rod business with 600 employees. He describes his father as a moderately [unconventionally] religious Jew born in Brooklyn and raised in Oklahoma. His father was an excellent horseman as well as being an expert on nature and animals. Bill himself was born in Brooklyn and as a kid haphazardly (and somewhat contentiously…
Nice easy reading.My wife and i both read this book and enjoyed it very much. its great to read about the life of a dear friend of many years.
Outstanding, entertaining and informative!Thoroughly enjoyed this great piece of work written by a man I’ve had an immense amount of respect for over many years. I found myself laughing out loud – very loudly – during flights and elsewhere. I was constantly drawn in. Mr. Morgenstein’s stories bring amazingly clear images to mind. Many come forward with film-like clarity. The kid from Brooklyn’s college days alone are worthy of a film! He has been quite the globetrotter and takes you along for the trip. Strongly recommended.
A Quick, Interesting, Informative Read
The fast pace of the book, written in anecdotes, introduces the reader to Bill in a way that makes you feel you actually know him. Besides being a life story, it is an interesting insight into the evolution of the shoe business. I enjoyed it.
Truly amazing Life Story.The author’s experiences in the US Army in Korea made me feel I was right there with him, and the inner workings of the industry was an eye opener. I would recommend this book both for the pleasure it gave me reading it, and for the education I got from his successes and failures.
Finally got my hands on a copy!
Fascinating as I was a part of Bill’s story. Also knew a great number of the people he mentions and worked with. A great read for anyone from that generation!
I have a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Bill Morgenstein has led a very crazy life from growing up in Brooklyn, NY, to university in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to a stint in Korea with the army, and a lifetime of entrepreneurship. With a hearty, good-natured attitude toward life in general, he embarked with enthusiasm into every phase of his life (well, not so much the army), up to and including, authorship of a very funny, very interesting autobiography called The Crazy Life of a Kid from Brooklyn.
When I finished reading this light-hearted look at life, I contacted Bill and asked him a few questions about his life and his writing.
Q: What advantages do you think you had through your parents and grandparents as you grew up in Brooklyn that prepared you for what has been basically a lifetime of entrepreneurship?
A: My grandparents were kind and loving but they were no-nonsense people who worked long, hard hours in their “appetizing” store. My father was on the quiet side but he expressed his opinions mostly about health issues because he had medical training. My mother on the other hand exhibited a tough, no-nonsense attitude. She instilled ethics and honesty in me from an early age, right on through adulthood.
Q: Have you thought about writing a book of advice for young people who want to become entrepreneurs?
A: I would like to write a short book in order to help prepare and instill the idea…
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The crazy life of a kid from Brooklyn, My Review.It was a good story, I enjoyed reading it. I read it on my Kindle, and could not put it down. It is good reading and I highly recommend you to read it.