Book: Topless Prophet: The True Story of America's Most Successful Gentlemen's Club Entrepreneur by Alan Markovitz with Thomas Stevens
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher for the purposes of reviewing to post on my blog.
Alan Markovitz wrote this book to give a glimpse of the world of gentlemen's clubs and how they operate. When I first received this book, I wasn't sure about reading and reviewing it as I thought it would be all about the sex industry. However, the book is more about the business and the trials the author went through in building his business and the people he was involved with. A few of the topics that Markovitz addresses are:
* Had to testify against the Mafia when they threatened him.
* Was shot by one of his own dancers when he fired her.
* Was accidentally shot by a drunken patron, an off-duty police officer.
* Had his father, a Holocaust survivor who became his business partner, negotiate with a menacing biker gang that threatened his first club.
* Had to work alongside a business partner who hired two hit men to kill him
* Got swindled out of a million dollars when trying to buy a club.
* Moved the strip club experience form a blue collar to white collar audience.
The book will appeal more to those that love bios and memoirs and I think the target audience is geared more towards the male population. For me, the book was mediocre, even though I am a huge bio/memoir fan, but I can see where it will do well in the male target audience group.