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17 Cents & a Dream: My Incredible Journey from the USSR to Living the American Dream

17 Cents & A Dream tells the incredible story of one man’s invincible spirit in the face of overwhelming odds. Daniel Milstein was born in the Soviet Union and just 16 when he narrowly escaped the turbulent aftermath of the Chernobyl Disaster, courageously immigrating to the United States in search of a better life. Arriving with only 17 cents in his pocket, but fueled by his determination to seize the American dream, Daniel first hurdled the challenges of poverty and immigration, then stormed every opportunity in his path, quickly rising to the rank of #1 Loan Officer in the country out of 550,000 lending industry professionals.

Awards and Recognition

Award Name, Festival Name

No. 1  eBook Sales Book on Amazon, General

No. 2 eBook under Business and Investing, General (Amazon)

Winner (General Non-Fiction), Beach Book Festival

Honorable Mention, Southern California Book Festival

Honorable Mention, Paris Book Festival

Honorable Mention, New Englad Book Festival

Honorable Mention, London Book Festival

Honorable Mention, Hollywood Book Festival

Honorable Mention, Great Southeast Book Festival

Honorable Mention, Great Southwest Book Festival

Honorable Mention, Los Angeles Book Festival

Honorable Mention, Great Northwest Book Festival

Ratings and Reviews

Funny and inspiring - would make for a great movie

Citizen John, TOP 500 REVIEWER, VINE VOICE, March 17, 2013


Dare to dream...dare to do.

Remy Benoit, March 5, 2013


Get ready to be inspired!

Joymarie (Lover of the written word) "Lover of the Written Word", January 27, 2013

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