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The Master Plan

My Journey From Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose
Narrated by: Chris Wilson, Wes Moore
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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The inspiring, instructive, and ultimately triumphant memoir of a man who used hard work and a Master Plan to turn a life sentence into a second chance.

Growing up in a tough Washington, D.C., neighborhood, Chris Wilson was so afraid for his life he wouldn't leave the house without a gun. One night, defending himself, he killed a man. At 18, he was sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole.

But what should have been the end of his story became the beginning. Deciding to make something of his life, Chris embarked on a journey of self-improvement - reading, working out, learning languages, even starting a business. He wrote his Master Plan: a list of all he expected to accomplish or acquire. He worked his plan every day for years, and in his mid-30s he did the impossible: he convinced a judge to reduce his sentence and became a free man. Today Chris is a successful social entrepreneur who employs returning citizens; a mentor; and a public speaker. He is the embodiment of second chances, and this is his unforgettable story.

©2019 Chris Wilson (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Inspiring without being preachy, Wilson’s manifesto will greatly appeal to today’s youth." (Publishers Weekly)

“Uplifting... Wilson candidly shares the eye-opening details of his time in prison with a prose style that moves with directness and refreshingly unfettered honesty... A smoothly written memoir steeped in positive reinforcement and hope for the future.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Truly inspiring... Wilson engagingly tells his riveting story while also exposing corrupt justice practices... Highly recommended [for] anyone who loves an uplifting life story.” (Booklist)

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Bubble burster

If you want to get out of your bubble, and do your part to correct our system, read this book

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Blew me away!

Chris blew me away with his story of growing up in tough circumstances. I laughed at times and I cried at times but mostly I was inspired by this young man’s story. He took hard times and made something good from them, which I cannot express how much I admire him for. He sets an example for all of us to follow! Thank you Chris!!!

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The Fredrick Douglass biography of 2019

Dope!

We’re use to hearing from the streets in rap music, slam poetry or through film. Chris has given the streets a literary voice.

We read the Fredrick Douglass biography to understand the plight of enslaved Africans in America.

The Masterplan provides the same insight to black youth in America.

Thanks for this jewel.

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Thank You

This book laid out for me in detail and colour, for the first time, the realities of being under-resourced and racially side-lined and oppressed in the US (especially in Baltimore). At the same time, Chris tells an awe-inspiring story of grit, faith, and reform, whose lessons are applicable for struggling members of minority groups worldwide, but also for anyone trying to succeed in life.
I am eternally grateful for this experience and wish Chris and all those his work touches strength and blessings.

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Study, read, & rise!

This is one of the most remarkable journeys I have ever read. Chris Wilson tells his story with honesty & inspires the reader regardless of his or her personal trials. I’m not sure I’ve known anyone to study & read as much as described by Chris. His focus, determination, and undying discipline is at a level that amazes. This man literally fought for his life multiple times and rose higher and higher with each setback. From taking a life to changing lives, Chris is an inspiration to those inside and free. You will undoubtedly be moved and more importantly be a better person after reading this title.

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The best book I ever read

This was truly one of the best books I've ever read in my life. His story has to be told. very inspiring and motivational.

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Inspiring and Motivating

Great story that inspires! It has changed my perspective on how to handle challenges and determination to be more than

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Amazing Story of Will Power

This is a must read/listen for those who don’t believe they can overcome their past in order to be successful!!! Simply incredibly

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Wow

This book took me through so many different emotions. Its very moving, raw yet equally motivating. The performance was done well making it an easy listen. Hard to listen to this book and not take action.

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Inspiration

This book touched my soul. It opened my eyes to things Inwould like to see happen in my state prisons. it makes me want to be an advocate for the under privilege. Thank you Chros Wilson for lighting a fire that was laying dormant. I have suggested this book to few ppl and believe this book should be in prisons throughout the world.