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  • Posted December 22, 2010

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    Absolute waste of time and money.

    I bought this book the week it came out to see what the "real story" was. I have now found out that most of it is fiction. Anyone with a computer can easily find out that Ms. Dimond did not fact check appropriately or interview people that would have beneficial to the "real story" for example Tareq's mother, owners of the businesses that are allegedly owed money by the Salahis and more important people like me who lost quite a bit of money in their charity scam.

    The pages are full of fictional nonsense such as Tareq being left alone for weeks at a time and his father in the CIA!?!? Give me a break. All this is verified as untrue. Michaele claims to be a Miss USA in this book and doing a quick search on the internet on the official sites reveal that she wasn't.

    If you are looking for a doorstop by all means please get this book. However you would be better off spending the money on something else. It is nothing that you haven't already heard in the news and other media outlets.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2010

    Highly Recommend

    If you want to learn how to really con in life this is the book for you! Really all their tricks are already on the internet so you won't learn anything new. It's just fun to buy the book, and then return the book. Oh, I was really swayed by the emails that were already published months ago. This cleared it all up! Duh, NOT!! Really Dimond, are you as desperate as this book to make a buck? Doesn't anyone care that these people have been using charity scams to line their own pockets? I sincerely hope that DD recovers the cost of her ink cartridges, these are tough times.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

    Horrible, I think they brainwashed this woman. Do not waste your money.

    The book makes no sense. It seems that chapters were written before any interaction with this couple. I was ready to be broad minded when reading this book, but came away realizing she is as delusional as these two con artists. I do not understand her motive in choosing this subject. It did nothing to prove that they were invited to the White House. To me, it appears that they are far worse grifters than was previously reported. The book was obviously written in haste. Dimond herself admits she spoke to few people. The Salahis appear to have no loyal support. The White House stunt was just one of their stunts. These adults present like four year olds, they take no responsibility in their own doings. They are self indulgent and have very big egos. They try to present themselves as characters but they have little touch to reality. They lie about their backgrounds, example Michaele, has MS, graduated from college but Dimond shows she atteneded one class,and that she was a supermodel, but has no pictures and all her references claim she never worked for them. They sent out a wedding invitation that was full of lies, their wedding announcement? People that would be attending would seem to be the ones they know best not a trumped up resume. Do not waste your money. It would be better to google their names and read from there.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

    Load of nonsense

    Diane Dimond rushed this self-published book out in a hurry to try to catch the last gasp of these two. She clearly didn't do much work on it; many things that she supposedly "fact checked" are easily refuted elsewhere from publicly available sources. She does call out Michaele's fake cheerleader story as BS, but she let all kinds of other lies slip. Why would you want to read something presented as "investigative journalism" when it hardly scratches the surface on these two?

    There is a real interesting story to be told about the Salahis; how they were able to perpetrate a charity fraud for so long, undetected, and how they took a thriving family business and drove it into the ground off of the back of their quest for status.

    Unfortunately, that is not the story told here. Don't buy this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

    Diane Dimond has written a wonderful expose of a world gone mad, a media driven by hype and a population searching for and reveling in schadenfreude.

    The Salahis were proven guilty without even the presumption of innocence, tried only in the court of public opinion. Although the author tried, she was unable to find a single positive article written about them, yet scores of negative ones abounded, often with outright lies and innuendo. None of the accusations were verified, yet they made good copy so they were put out there and the Salahis swung in the wind. I am not sure if anyone could withstand that kind of vilification and survive unscathed. Prior to the episode at the White House, the Salahis were the darlings of the DC social scene. They were the "go to" people whenever a Democrat needed help in the form of a donation or locale for an event. They sponsored charity galas and were on the top of guest lists around Washington. They had many high profile friends and they never thought they would be so totally abandoned, by everyone, and demonized even by those they thought were friends. They were painted so hatefully that the fear of being tainted by their friendship actually encouraged people to say things about them that were untrue and cruel, simply to save themselves or "work the room" for their own benefit. Although they had done many wonderful things for the state of Virginia and for politicians and charities, those accomplishments were never mentioned by the news "creators". The Salahis were not evil. They may have loved the spotlight, may have had problems with bills, estrangements in their family and other sundry issues; they may have told the occasional lie, but they were not gate crashers or security risks. They were actually treated more like terrorists than "uninvited" guests. They never posed a danger to the President or the dignitaries that were at the event. They had already been cleared to attend in the event that their invitation should finally come through. There are emails to prove the correspondence about it. Yet how many people are even aware of the fact that they did not crash the White House Party that night, that they were not a security risk? They did not sneak in, for if they had, they wouldn't have gotten beyond the gate. The Salahis may have their faults, but they are not the people that the media frenzy created because of the journalist's self interest, because scandal sells. The talking heads had a heyday. Michaele Salahi is a tall, lithesome blonde, an easy mark for bullying and envy. She suffers from MS which before the incident, was a carefully guarded secret. Tarek is a loose cannon with an unpredictable temper and probably the one largely responsible for the misunderstanding about what took place at the White House. He pushed the envelope. He knew that his lawyer, Paul Gardner and his friend at the White House, Michelle Jones, were trying to get them an invitation to the first state dinner or at least to the arrivals ceremony. They had already sent in copies of their passports and other required documents so that they could be cleared to go. Tarek never even entertained the idea that he would not be invited, but rather assumed that it would happen. The Salahis were cleared through several checkpoints that night. The people who screwed up were White House personnel, but they got away scot free and the Salahis were branded gate crashers, security risks, etc. They received hate mail. People posted

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  • Posted December 27, 2010


    I was hoping for some responsibility to be taken and there is none. The Salami's may have fooled Diane Diamond but they didn't full us. THE WORLD THAT IS. I know what happened. They called and asked about tickets to see if there was extra, then they either just by knowing or she told them in the mean time til she finds out they better send in their ID docs that is required/. etc. They used that to their advantage. It clearly showed on the show that they dressed that part, it was raining and the police officer at the gate clearly was not trained properly. THEIR NAME WAS NOT ON THE LIST. JUST AS THE OTHER GUYS WASN'T but he got in because he went on the bus at the hotel with the Indian people ( I say that because the party was for the Prime minister Of India) and no one got screened. BUT HE DIDNT get the attention like they did because he doesn't have a history like the salami's do. No Diane Diamond it wasn't because of a slow news weekend as you stated that the reason why this story blew out of control. It blew out of control because many believed OMG the Salami's NOW look what they did. Over a hundred people people have been screwed by this couple, it's sickening. I am going to list this book on amazon for 01.cent. What a waste. I love that the house they interviewed for on the show the owner came forward and said they rented it NOT OWNED IT. LIES LIES LIES.. What liars, makes you wonder how they live with them selves. Diane Diamond I lost all respect for you. I used to like and respect your style. You committed career suicide. Maybe you wrote this book because your career slowed down? How is the book sales? LOL

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  • Posted December 12, 2010

    Incredible Story

    I didn't realize this book was out, until last week for some reason.

    I must admit, I am now embarrassed by my profession for not getting most of the White House story right. I confess that copy cat journalism exists, whether we admit it or not. This is a new age of Twitter, Facebook, e-services; Gone are the days of deep fact checking. No time. If you are slow, you are out.

    The world media storm the Salahis got in was something most of us could not imagine. Even if the Salahis are social climbers, who cares? I didn't know it was a bad thing to be a so called "social climber". It exists in my own profession of journalists, lets face it. Who are we to ridicule this behavior. Isn't this politics? Don't we all do it in some shape or form? Please.

    Reporter Diane Dimond was obviously qualified to fact check us all. This book about the White House, and this couple is indeed a read I recommend.

    This is when you don't trust a book just by its cover. And I agree with Ms. Dimond, Bravo should have deep shame for holding back the truth with the video they withheld from the American public for nearly a year. They left this couple dangling in the wind. This is sadly a shocking true tale. I for one will always be careful what I report on locally in my home town. Well Done Ms. Dimond.


    ps: May I suggest next time, you make your books more available in store fronts. Its my choice if I purchase online, however it will remind me the book exists when I see it.

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