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`Confessions of a Self-Help Writer' By Benjamen W. DeHaven Tells How He Was Nearly Ruined By A Con-Man [VIDEO]

By Tony Sokol | August 27, 2014 11:32 AM EDT


Self-Help writer Benjamin W. DeHaven was a victim of a conman friend and is taking his revenge in print. In a new book from Lagniappe Publishing, DeHaven comes clean about ghost writing and the self-help industy.

"You have to be either very bold or very angry to expose an old friend to the world as a fraud; Benjamin W. DeHaven is both," opens his press statement. DeHaven's latest book, "Confessions of a Self-Help Writer (The Journal of Michael Enzo)" blasts the billion-dollar industry of self-help books.

The new book exposes how Michael Enzo was the ghost writer of more than one hundred self-help books for many celebrities, politicians and business leaders for nearly two decades.

In a statement, DeHaven said "The fact that one man, abusing drugs and alcohol, with no clue of what's considered 'normal' is penning 'help' for anyone looking to improve their life, is both brilliant and shocking."

DeHaven's book was based on his own experiences but written as fiction. The story comes from detailed facts from Enzo's own personal journal and his past close relationship with DeHaven. The author unmasks the "mystery of a man who thought nothing of using and abusing anyone in his path, starting with DeHaven!"

The sizzling exposé blends extravagance, sex, corruption, lies and deceit.

DeHaven, Enzo's former friend and collaborator, whose own checkered past was often filled with immorality and substance abuse, gleaned a great deal of information about  his old friend's mindset from Enzo's personal journal, salvaged from his estate after hurricane Katrina. It's clear that Enzo was a man who read people well, and then used their weaknesses against them to profit from it. As one of Enzo's victims, it's only right that some sweet revenge is woven into the pages of DeHaven's book, but it's also meant to reach others who were damaged by Enzo and help them try to move forward.

"Confessions of a Self-Help Writer (The Journal of Michael Enzo)" has been on IndieBound's "Most Wished for Book of 2014" list for over 10 weeks. The book was nominated as Best New Voice in Fiction by the American Library Association.

Ben DeHaven is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, and earned an MBA from Tulane University in New Orleans. While Ben has written for numerous magazines, media outlets, and edited screenplay, he actually began his writing career with an independent film company in Chicago. He was also the editor-in-chief of the Nola Shopper, a free art newspaper and the second-largest monthly paper in the New Orleans MSA (until it went into bankruptcy, thanks to Enzo).

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