The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival

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In 1998, federal prosecutor Stanley Alpert was blindfolded and kidnapped by armed thugs who hoped to make a large withdrawal with his ATM card. In a Brooklyn apartment they held guns to his head, threatened his family, engaged him in discussions of "gangsta" philosophy, sought his legal advice, and offered him sexual favors as a "birthday present. " As Alpert talked with them, played on their attitudes and fears, and memorized every detail, a police and FBI investigation began that would take many strange twists ...

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Overview

In 1998, federal prosecutor Stanley Alpert was blindfolded and kidnapped by armed thugs who hoped to make a large withdrawal with his ATM card. In a Brooklyn apartment they held guns to his head, threatened his family, engaged him in discussions of "gangsta" philosophy, sought his legal advice, and offered him sexual favors as a "birthday present. " As Alpert talked with them, played on their attitudes and fears, and memorized every detail, a police and FBI investigation began that would take many strange twists and turns. The Birthday Party reads like a thriller—but every word is true.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441714367
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (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 January 20, 2007

    How to Save Your Own Life

    The writer was kidnapped by men with automatic weapons, forcing him into the backseat of a shiny new black Lexus. Money was stolen from the kidnap victim's bank account, and he was held at gunpoint, blindfolded for 26 hours. The writer survived a hellish living nightmare due to his own resourceful answers to kidnappers's questions. Reading his weighing of these answers is one of the MANY great parts of this book. Others are the vividness with which he portrays all the harrowing and terrifying and yes, comical moments of this crime. This is an unbelievable story (law enforcement did not even believe the story for a day or 2!) told unbelievably well.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2007

    A Stunning NYC Tale

    An incredible story, brilliantly told. Alpert is funny, self-effacing, and honest. The book is a riveting glimpse of NYC's underworld, written by a true New Yorker.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Rivetting

    On January 21, 1998 near his Manhattan apartment, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stanley Alpert is abducted by three kidnappers, Ren, Sen, and in charge Lucky. He was selected not because of his work, which mostly involved environmental law, but because he had the look of money. This is Mr. Alpert¿s story of how he survived his ordeal when most kidnappings end tragically. The book is divided into two sections, 'Mouse' in which he is a victim trying to survive and 'Cat' in which he is free and with friends and law enforcement go after the trio based on what he learned during his captivity. Readers will fully appreciate this stunning account especially the Mouse segment in which Mr. Alpert provides a survival manual on how he came out of this alive to celebrate his thirty ninth birthday (his thirty-eighth was the day after he was snatched off the street), as he admits the most important ingredient besides trying to remain calm is luck. The Cat portion is also well written, but reads more like a standard law enforcement manual so it does not contain the uniqueness of the abduction segue. This is an excellent true crime thriller as related by victim and supporting legal documents.----- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2007

    Couldnt put it down

    This book was excellent, I was on the edge of my seat. The only distraction was trying to cast the movie in my mind while reading it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2007

    A story of courage and humor

    This is a very well written book. You genuinely care about Stanley Alpert and how he dealt with his ordeal. I honestly hope that he is this sweet a person. The story is a good example of the every day courage that every person has. You just wished that every true crime story would have a happy ending. I would recommend this book to every reader.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Loved this story!

    Excellent read and the food guys won and the bad guys lost.

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  • Posted April 14, 2010

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    Happy Birthday to Me

    I loved The Birthday Party. I would like to thank Todor for recommending reading this book for book club. I was a wonderful read. The author's writing style was wonderful and he was very witty. I enjoyed the part about Big Macs and Snapple. I also liked the part about duct tape being great for a kidnapping. Stanley was genius when he gave Ren and Sen legal advice. I was wondering if he would have sex with Honey or Mercedes in order to survive. I would recommend reading The Birthday Party.

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