The author was born in southern Europe at a time of extreme poverty. He became orphaned at an early age and was eventually adopted by an American family. His new life would forever be changed from certain poverty to a promising new future that afforded him the opportunity for an education, to explore the world and choose his own life path. Throughout his life though, no matter what professional path he would choose, his past as an orphan never escaped him. It had a great impact on his beliefs for human rights and humanitarian causes throughout the world. His involvement in fundraising in the past two decades focused on education for poor and minority youth, and economic opportunities for the less fortunate around the world. His beliefs and convictions come through well in his book.