A Breed Apart

A Journey to Redemption

A Breed Apart

In this “straightforward, energetic” (Publishers Weekly) memoir, Victor Woods vividly recounts a trouble-filled and misunderstood childhood in the suburbs of Chicago, the rollercoaster ride that led him to captain a multi-million dollar counterfeit scheme, and his life-changing stint in federal prison.

Victor Woods, charged by the US Federal Government for organizing a credit card scam worth over forty million dollars, refused to implicate his family and friends for a reduced sentence. His then lawyer remarked that he was “a breed apart.”

Woods knew all along that he was different. He rebelled against parental authority and the conformity of school. Growing up, most often he was the only kid of color in a predominantly white neighborhood. For the handsome smooth-talking Woods, a life of crime seemed a fitting alternative to the discontentment of his childhood as it provided the autonomy, money, and lifestyle he so desired. What began as petty theft grew eventually grew into counterfeiting. And then he got caught.

In his authentic matter-of-fact style, Woods shares the details of how he evolved from a rebellious teen to a white collar criminal, and what inspired him to turn his life around while locked away as a federal inmate. Woods’ misdeeds and missteps remind us that sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. His remarkable turnaround shows us that no matter our past we can always make good on a second chance.
  • Atria Books | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743477390 | 
  • January 2005

About the Author

Victor Woods
Photo Credit: Jeff Sciortino

Victor Woods

Victor Woods is a nationally recognized speaker and founder of The Victor Woods Corporation.