The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival

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Overview

On January 21, 1998, the night before his thirty-eighth birthday, federal prosecutor Stanley N. Alpert was kidnapped off the streets of Manhattan by a car full of gun-toting thugs looking to use his ATM card. He ended up blindfolded in a Brooklyn apartment as his captors changed their plans, alternately threatening him and his family, seeking legal advice, expounding on the "gangsta" life, and offering him the services of their prostitute girlfriends as a birthday present. All the while, Alpert, still ...

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Overview

On January 21, 1998, the night before his thirty-eighth birthday, federal prosecutor Stanley N. Alpert was kidnapped off the streets of Manhattan by a car full of gun-toting thugs looking to use his ATM card. He ended up blindfolded in a Brooklyn apartment as his captors changed their plans, alternately threatening him and his family, seeking legal advice, expounding on the "gangsta" life, and offering him the services of their prostitute girlfriends as a birthday present. All the while, Alpert, still blindfolded, talked with them, played on their attitudes and fears, and memorized every detail he could in the event that he ever managed to get out of there alive.

Filled with immediacy, drama, and extraordinary characters, The Birthday Party reads like a thriller-but every word is true.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641951985
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/18/2007
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley N. Alpert served for thirteen years with the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where he was chief of environmental litigation. There, Alpert investigated, prosecuted, or supervised many complex civil and criminal cases, some resulting in multimillion-dollar awards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2009

    There is no way a television show could be made from this book. You have to sit back and think about a kidnapping that had more twists than a roller coaster.

    This is a one of a kind book that makes you appreciate each and every day because you don't know what is going to happen next. Stanley Alpert's ability to remain calm thought this ordeal is amazing, and his recall of what happened is attributed to his education and determination to see justice prevail. Like Stanley, the reader needs to think about the entire episode and events after his release to fully realize the impact of this wonderfully written memoir.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

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    Great Book!

    This is a really good memoir, and it kept me interested from start to finish. Although boring at times (like most books can be) it was overall very interesting.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    Well done and so worth reading

    This book spread like wildfire through our family - wish I'd bought more than one; when it was my turn, I felt pressured to hurry up already. All ages enjoyed it - from 20 to 75 - and the conversation that resulted was thought provoking and very interesting. We all highly recommend it.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    Fascinating Read

    Stanley Alpert, a US Federal prosecutor, was snatched off the streets of Manhattan, forced into a car at gunpoint and held captive. His quick-thinking survival instincts and careful attention to detail kept him alive and helped eventually prosecute the kidnappers. A fascinating account of an ordeal that except for Alpert's exceptional presence of mind, could have had a much different ending.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    Not bad but not good.

    The first half is pretty good. the second to last half of this book drags on. The author is very full of himself. Good read for a rainy day.

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