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|"I am proud of all your accomplishments and the changes you have made in your own life and also the changes you will make in so many lives in the future. Congrats!"|
- Debbie P
"Meeink, a south Philadelphia child of an alcoholic father and drug-dealing mother, spent over a dozen years as a minor celebrity among the neo-Nazi-skinhead fraternity. At various times he was actively addicted to alcohol, prescription narcotics, and heroin, but at its core Meeink's graphic narrative documents the relative ease through which he reached sobriety from his addiction to hatred and blinding, ultraviolent rage, most decisively by means of playing football with blacks and Latinos in prison. He writes of using his love of sports to found and run an ice hockey program (sponsored by the Philadelphia Flyers and Anti-Defamation League) that brings together youth across racial lines. Meeink's multiple addictions coexist with his multiple recoveries. Even as he builds a career as an inspirational speaker against White Power violence, he is descending into full-blown junkie status. Those familiar with 12-step programs will recognize themes in Meeink's experience: the secret life, extended abstinences, spectacular relapses. The book ends hopefully, with Meeink finishing his story—undertaken, incidentally, as his "fourth step" moral inventory—roughly one-year sober. VERDICT For those inspired by redemption, this quick-paced, sometimes nasty memoir will uplift."
- Scott H. Silverman, Earlham Coll. Lib., Richmond, IN
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|Besides the book, and speaking engagements, and traveling, and hockey (whew!) here are some OTHER things our man Frankie has been working on, or will be working on sometime soon.
Jamey Johnson's - High Cost of Living - See if you can find Frankie!
A video by acclaimed director Jesse Dylan for the Americas Business Council 2009 Reconciliation Forum. Jesse Dylan, director of the famous "Yes We Can" video on President Barack Obama, interviewed leaders from around the world on the power of Reconciliation. Video includes Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rwandan author and motivational speaker Immaculee Ilibagiza, Former Neo Nazi Frank Meeink, Paul Rusesabagina, the hero portrayed in the film Hotel Rwanda, Editor of Foreign Policy Magazine Moises Naim, and others.
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