Confessions of a Self-Help Writer: The Journal of Michael Enzo

Confessions of a Self-Help Writer: The Journal of Michael Enzo

by Benjamin DeHaven


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A ghost, a philanthropist, a con man, a devout Catholic, a gigolo, a savior, an heir, a common man, and an addict are just some of the words used to describe Michael Enzo, who some sources credit with ghost-writing more than 108 self-help books on behalf of celebrities, politicians and business leaders. After failing to make what he considered to be a positive impact on society he began to destroy those closest to him including Benjamin DeHaven, the author of this book, and former collaborator. Defrauding an industry for almost 20 years by exploiting people's insecurities and profiting from them, more than likely these friends contributed more to the field of self-help, while profiting from it, than they will ever know. Believing they could only understand people's problems by suffering along with them, they lived on the razor's edge. If you've ever picked up a tell-all biography of a celebrity or a title from the self-help section at the bookstore, certainly you would question the source.This is an inside look at the mind of Michael Enzo and it is the author's hope that people will start helping themselves again after reading it. Discover what turns someone from preaching salvation towards seeking its destruction. You won't believe this could be true.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989912686
Publisher: Lagniappe Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

DeHaven keeps his heart in Chicago and his soul in New Orleans. He holds a MBA from Tulane and a film degree from Columbia. Once ejected from a community college for arguing Frost's agenda in Birches, he has since written screenplays, traded futures in Madrid, and was Editor in Chief of the Nola Shopper Newspaper. He also has a "shout out" in a Jay "Z" Song. He and Michael Enzo were friends.

Table of Contents

Who Is Michael Enzo?

Confessions (1)

The Oprah Hypothesis

Self-Help Revelations


Confessions (2)

excerpt from: A Leader Surfaces (1998)

Lude Pellets

excerpt from: Dealing with Your Parents’ Past First (1994)

excerpt from: The Rose-Colored Glass Is Smeared (1992)

excerpt from: Lonely Man’s Game (1999)

Wasted Potential

The World Is Your Oyster

Define Your Appearance

Confessions (3)

The Territorial Instincts of a House Cat


Forward Momentum

Confessions (4)

Brush with the Dark Side

A Polack Finds His Socks

Quick Spanish Lesson

Nick the Greek

Two-Minute Interlude

Bookmaker’s Education

Panic in Detroit

Cabrini Dreams


A Light in My Darkness

Draw Antonio, Draw and Don’t Waste Time

Fan Club Subscriptions Are Dropping


Finding the Motivation

Final Journal Entry from Michael Enzo

Confessions (5)


What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

This work makes Bukowski, read like a Disney flick! -- Michael Scripps, Scripps Publishing

This writer is either an idiot's Hunter S. Thompson or a thinking man's Tucker Max -- Kenneth Wilbur, USC Marshall School of Business

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megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
Confessions of a Self-Help Writer I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.  No other consideration was offered, expected or received. When I was asked if I wanted to give this book a read for an up-coming blog tour, I really wasn't sure.  I have this thing for self-help books (a not-so-secret passion) and comedy/satire is an iffy thing for me - sometimes I find it hilarious and sometimes I find no humor in it at all.   After thinking about it for a few days, I decided to give it a try ... and I'm glad that I did. This book was funny, in an odd-funny sort of way.  And at the same time, it made you think - about the self-help genre as a whole AND about your own personal issues as you read through a journal that Enzo kept, a journal that was turned over to DeHaven by Enzo's wife after his disappearance.  I like when authors use the "journal" as a way of writing their story.  I feel like, if done correctly, it really allows you to get a deeper understanding of the character that's writing because everyone shares more with their journal than they are willing to share with the people around them.  Add in clips from different books that he penned, and it makes for an interesting read, whether you're a believer in the self-help hype drivel or not.