Sales of Michigan CEO's '17 Cents and a Dream' Surge on Amazon

        Sales of Michigan CEO's '17 Cents and a Dream' Surge on Amazon

PR Newswire

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 12, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sales of "17 Cents and a
Dream" surged during its first week of availability last week ranking Number 1
on the Amazon list of best-sellers.


17 Cents and a Dream: My Incredible Journey from the U.S.S.R. to Living the
American Dream is Daniel Milstein's gripping story about how his mother,
father and brother escaped the oppressive government of the U.S.S.R. and
immigrated to the United States.

17 Cents and a Dream ranked No. 1 on Amazon's list of the best-selling Kindle
eBooks in the Business and Entrepreneurship category, No. 2 in the Business
and Investing category and in the top 30 in the Biography and Memoir category.

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Daniel Milstein and his family experienced undue
hardship, religious persecution and life-and-death situations all in the
shadows of the greatest nuclear accident that ever occurred; the Chernobyl
nuclear meltdown which killed more than 100,000 people including his

Mark Victor Hansen, bestselling author of 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' says
this about "17 Cents and a Dream."

"Through pure determination, fortitude and attitude, Daniel pulled out of
impossibly difficult situations. His story is true, his story is a personal
inspiration to me and I hope it will inspire you too to maximize your
potential and go for the greatest of dreams."

17 Cents and a Dream begins with a candid, gripping account of the Milstein
family's tough life in Kiev, Ukraine under the oppressive government of the
former Soviet Union. He recalls how he and his family were affected by the
1986 explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant: Daniel was ten years old,
and the disaster took place only 78 miles from their home, killing 100,000
people and spreading poisonous radiation throughout the environment.

A few years later the family, struggling against poverty, government
oppression, and anti-Semitism, made a secret plan to flee to America. After a
narrow escape, the family arrived in Ann Arbor, Michigan with no understanding
of English and few belongings.

Young Daniel had only seventeen cents in his pocket, given to him by a friend
to cover the expense of a postage stamp so that Daniel could send him a
letter. In the ensuing years, Daniel endured extreme poverty, endless hunger,
relentless bullying from his new classmates all while working long hours
mopping floors and cleaning restrooms at a McDonald's.

"None of this came easy.... In school after working my morning shift at
McDonald's, I was painfully aware that I smelled like a quarter pounder with
cheese.... I was always tired, but I was also proud that I was able to take
care of my family and to make something of myself, to honor the wishes of my

Milstein's work ethic and relentless determination fueled his success. After
graduating from college, he worked for various financial institutions and was
consistently promoted.

Milstein's courage and sheer willpower continued to drive him as he began to
build upon his success in the world of finance, working harder and longer than
anyone else, until eventually opening and growing his own billion-dollar
company, Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group.

17 Cents and a Dream: My Incredible Journey from the USSR to Living the
American Dream is both a dramatic autobiography of a true American success
story, and a manual for anyone who dreams of becoming successful in today's
competitive world of finance and sales. (ASIN:B00AXCVJ6Y, 2013 Gold Star
Books, 116 Pages, $.99 via Kindle at Amazon). Milstein will be making a
donation to help homeless and hungry children in the U.S. & Ukraine matching
dollar for dollar the sales during the initial roll out of the book thru
February 17, 2013.

About Daniel Milstein
Daniel Milstein is founder, president and CEO of Gold Star Mortgage Financial
Group ( ). Milstein led the company to the Inc 500
list and one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. Gold Star
has more than 500 employees in 48 offices across the U.S. and has been named a
Top Workplace in Michigan for four years by the Detroit Free Press. Milstein
holds an honorary doctorate and BBA in business management from Cleary
University, Ann Arbor, from which he graduated with honors. He is the author
of The ABC of Sales: Lessons from a Superstar, which in March 2012 sold 10,000
copies and became the #1 sales book on and the thirty-first top
seller of all ebook sales.

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Media Contact: For a review copy of 17 Cents and a Dream, or to schedule an
interview with Dan Milstein, please contact Scott Lorenz, President of
Westwind Communications Book Marketing, 734-667-2090 or or

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