17 Cents and a dream by Daniel Millestein

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My Review of this book:

Although this book was not as introspective as I would have expected for a memoir, in some ways I thought that made it better. Rather than wasting time on mundane details of his everyday life, Daniel Milstein has taken the opportunity in writing this book to not just offer his readers a simple rags to riches story, but to really express his disbelief and gratitude for his life in America and the chance at a prosperous career that he has taken full advantage of.

While reading his story, I was reminded that not all of us are lucky enough to simply be born, go to school, continue our education in college and move into our place in this world. I liked the raw way he spoke of his earlier life. I found the voice he has written this in to be personable and easy to appreciate. I never got the opinion that the author was bragging, simply sharing his story for others to appreciate.

This book was a relatively short read, but I thought it had a lot of substance. There are also photos included in this memoir, which I thought added to the human element of this work. I would encourage others to pick up a copy of this book. It might make you think about the success we achieve as Americans, and how we tend to forget that when things don’t go exactly as planned. I liked it.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. There was no further compensation and my opinions are my own.


You can find this book by going here: http://www.amazon.com/17-Cents-Dream-Incredible-ebook/dp/B00AXCVJ6Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359477336&sr=8-1&keywords=17+cents+and+a+dream


17 Cents and a Dream:

My Incredible Journey from the U.S.S.R.

to Living the American Dream


Ann Arbor, MI- On a cold December night in 1991, a young boy with seventeen cents in his pocket first set foot in the United States. Twenty years later that young man found himself the founder and CEO of a billion-dollar corporation. Daniel Milstein’s harrowing story about how his mother, father and brother escaped the oppressive government of the U.S.S.R and immigrated to the United States and carved out a life for themselves has been described as the quintessential immigrant story of the era.


Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Daniel 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 grandfather.


Now, as an Inc 500 CEO, Daniel has just finished a new book detailing his story;

17 Cents and a Dream: My Incredible Journey from the U.S.S.R. to Living the American Dream.


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 grandfather.”


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 donating every “cent” made from his 17 Cents & a Dream eBook tour during Feb. 3-10th to homeless and hungry kids in the U.S. & Ukraine.



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 Amazon.com and the thirty-first top seller of all ebook sales.


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, Cell: 248-705-2214 or scottlorenz@westwindcos.com or http://www.book-marketing-expert.com



What people are saying:

Words of Praise for

Dan Milstein


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.”

Mark Victor Hansen

Bestselling Author

Chicken Soup for the Soul


“… an exciting tale of success and achievement.”

Brian Tracy

Author—The Way to Wealth


“Dan Milstein shows that the American Dream is alive and well for everyone, immigrant and natural born citizen alike.”

Ross Rojek
San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review


 “Dan Milstein’s is the classic story of a young Russian immigrant achieving the American dream against all odds.  It is a great personal story, a great Jewish story and a great story of how immigrants continue to help build America.”

 David Shtulman

Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor

“Especially during this time of financial strain and pessimism this beautifully written memoir serves as food for the soul. Reading this book not only is an engrossing experience – it is an uplifting one. As Milstein would encourage us, believe, and struggle even, because anything is possible if we truly remember the American Dream.”

Grady Harp
Amazon Top Ten Reviewer – 5 Stars

“This is what the American dream is all about.

From McDonald’s to millionaire. From dream to reality.”

Jess Todtfeld

Former FOX-TV Producer
President, Success In Media, Inc.

“With his mesmerizing 17 Cents & a Dream, Daniel Milstein delivers more than the usual rags to riches memoir. It is rather a riveting and spellbinding testimony that with the right combination of motivation and perseverance daunting challenges and appalling events can be overcome no matter what the odds may be against you.”

Norm Goldman, Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com


“…we see how a very disadvantaged kid used his determination to have a better life for himself and his family, the tenacity not to give up, and his natural gifts to make a success out of himself. How many of us would consider being able to scrub the floors in MacDonalds a God-given opportunity? Very good read. Recommended.”

Oleg Medvedkov

Top 500 Amazon Reviewer- 5 Stars

“Dan Milstein is a close friend and business advisor. His book is a treasure chest of information and is an inspiration to me and should be to others as well. While he can’t skate, he is one tough business man. When he shoots… he scores.”

Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings # 13


“Dan’s inspirational story is a journey in overcoming obstacles, as well as a lesson in achieving success.  Dan’s stories will motivate you to overcome adversity.”

Barry Habib
Founder of Mortgage Market Guide
CNBC/Fox Commentator   


“Dan Milstein’s journey from Kiev to where he is today is a remarkable story. In such as short amount of time he’s built a great company while maintaining a sterling reputation.”

John W. Barfield


Bartech Group


“As a supplier of fine food for restaurants and grocers I know the main ingredient to success is hard work and the willingness to go above and beyond the customer’s expectations to deliver satisfaction. Dan Milstein demonstrates this principal in many ways. As an entrepreneur I can appreciate his struggles, hopes and aspirations. This book is an inspiration as it proves that in America anything is possible.”

Jim Lipari

Lipari Foods


“Dan Milstein’s success story is an amazing one that is a grabber from page one!”

Don Hutson, Co-Author of NY Times International Best-Sellers…

The One Minute Entrepreneur &

 The One Minute Negotiator,

CEO of U.S. Learning, Inc.