Ambidextrous is an incredible story of survival. This autobiography tells of the authors life from 1977-2002. Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., he fought his way through those streets from childhood. He wasn't your ordinary thug.
The book picks up in 1978 when he finished college by which time he was a hardcore heroin addict. Initially, a street drug dealer, he had brushes with the law but managed to stay out of prison until 1980, when he was convicted of multiple armed robberies. He was charged with 32 stick-ups. He robbed primarily pharmacies.
In a twelve year period from 1980-1992 he spent nine years in various prisons. He details prison life like no author before him. He contracted HIV and HepC and the story continues for nine years in Chicago. Near death, his cousin brings him to Florida in 2002. There, a caseworker convinces him he can change.
About the Author:
Robert Stapleton was born and raised in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, N.Y. He attended catholic grammar and high schools. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College. He is a self -taught musician. He began writing poetry at age fourteen. He kept journals all his life. He published some poetry in 1991.
He wrote voluminously over the years and only wrote Ambidextrous in 2007 because he was dying of Hep C.
He is finishing a story of a U.S. marine relative and lives in upstate N.Y. in good health with his wife, Michelle. The adventure of life continues.
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