"The prison system isn't working. Theoretically, prisons deter and reform criminals. Given the high number of repeat visitors in the country's prisons this theory doesn't hold up very well. The unfortunate truth is that prison often becomes a training ground and network that actually encourages further criminal pursuits. Prisoners become hardened and desensitized by the brutal setting." Rabbit in the Jungle tells a classically American story of second chances, hard work and hope. Sometimes raw and gritty, the book traces Anthony Alegrete's rise from the streets of Los Angeles, through the penal system, to the halls of academia and the competitive business world of Las Vegas. Along the way he had a lot of fun, a little trouble and learned a few lessons. This book shares his story in a way meant to be cautionary and inspiring. Alegrete wants others to know the important role that family, friends and education play in keeping their lives on the right track. The title for the book comes from Anthony's ability to survive in multiple dangerous environments. With more tricks than Bugs Bunny and more charm than Roger Rabbit he navigated the street culture of Los Angeles during the heyday of West Coast hip hop; navigated safely through prison politics; built a reputation for himself at University of Nevada - Las Vegas and partnered up with local fitness experts to bring a trendy gym to the downtown area of Vegas. In all of these jungles, there were threats to be dealt with and Alegrete always met them head on. At an early age he learned not to let fear stand in the way of what he wanted. No matter what the problem, he's a master at taking stock of his resources and plunging ahead. Anthony Alegrete portrays his struggles and achievements with heart in full view on the proverbial sleeve and his energy level locked in at turbo-charged. With co-author Holly Baker he has crafted a must-read for anyone fighting their way through the jungle.
Author: Holly Baker, Anthony S. Alegrete Publisher: Jump Publishing Published: 08/01/2013 Pages: 278 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.71lbs Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.58d ISBN: 9780989352918
About the Author Anthony Alegrete is veteran of multiple entrepreneurial endeavors, a master networker, an accomplished student, and a dedicated father. In the past he pursued parallel lifelines. He worked at school, in real estate and the music industry while moonlighting in riskier lines of business. Bad luck and betrayal resulted in two stints in prison. The second time around Alegrete realized that he was putting too much effort into building a life for himself to allow things to unravel again. Anthony made a new start in Las Vegas and worked hard to make name for himself at University of Nevada - Las Vegas. A recent graduate, he is now furthering his education by pursuing an Executive Masters in Business Administration. Currently, he serves as Chief Operations Officer at Real Results Fitness and dedicates time and energy to Jump for Joy, his highly successful children's health initiative. Alegrete believes that it's important to take the lessons from the past and move forward. In Rabbit in the Jungle, the author shares the things he's learned along the way in the hope that others can also learn from the mistakes of his past and make better choices for their future.