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In 1994, Joseph N. Gagliano calmly sat back, put his hands behind his head and smiled as the NCAA clocked ticked down the remaining last seconds of the game. It was the third game in a row Joe had bet on where the point spread had to land on a specific number. With millions at stake, was he nervous? Not at all.
As the buzzer sounded on the 3rd game, his duffle bags were filled with millions in cash. How?
Joe had fixed the outcome of the games.
No Grey Areas tells the incredible, true story of the man who orchestrated the largest sports point shaving betting scam in sport's history. But that is only where the story begins...
It is always the cover up, not the crime, where white collar criminals get caught. Joe was caught, convicted and served time in Federal prison for his role in coordinating and financing the 1994 ASU point shaving scandal.
His journey continued as Joe came out prison in late 2000 with a passion to clear his name and a desire to remove perceptions held by others of him. He embarked on an aggressive path to success; building a sizeable chain of full service car washes, making millions in real estate, living a life of luxury, and even buying a private jet just to get to his yacht in San Diego quicker.
But the story does not end there....
A few years later, the 2008 financial collapse engulfed the world and because of Joe's "grey areas" a banking deal landed him in prison for a 2nd term. Labeled a 2-time felon, he made some brilliant and yet morally questionable decisions while searching for the true meaning of success.
Inside these pages, you'll get a backstage pass on what it was like to slowly fall into the "grey areas" of scandal, greed, corruption, money, and business. Joe's honest, detailed telling of this life of infamy, history, and successes along with the consequences of his decisions will amaze and inspire you.
No Grey Areas is a riveting read, filled with all the elements of a great non-fiction book, except that is a TRUE story. Reminiscent of The Wolf of Wall Street and MoneyBall, this gripping personal life story will carry the reader through the internal struggles of poor life choices and fortune squandered. It is a captivating journey of morally questionable decisions, and the pursuit of freedom, all during a harrowing ride to redemption.
What disappointed you about No Grey Areas?
The author was a jerk to start with and remained one to the end of the book. No real redemption. Poor editing--the title..".the consequences thereafter." Consequences are always thereafter by definition
Would you ever listen to anything by Joseph N. Gagliano again?
How could the performance have been better?
Another reader, another author, an editor
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
None that I found
Any additional comments?
Picked for a book club book after NPR review. Everyone in my book club felt the same way.
I really enjoyed this book. I was not expecting the motivatial ending that really got me thinking about my life.
1st half great, 2nd half meh. It's a bit of a 'wolf of wall street' lite without all the good parts about drugs and partying.