How I Saved Bernie Madoff's Life

06/29/2009 10:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

On April 13, in a story called "Jail for Dummies," The New York Post reported that relatives of Bernie Madoff were looking for a guide to prison life to prepare the Ponzi schemer for his new life behind bars.

Being a service journalist, I immediately sprang into action, and the result is my new book, Who Moved My Soap? The CEO's Guide to Surviving in Prison: The Bernie Madoff Edition.

Published today, just in time for Bernie's sentencing, the book is a self-help guide narrated by Madoff's cellmate, who describes their first meeting behind bars:

There was no mistaking who he was: the silver hair, those beady eyes, that sheepish expression that makes him look like a guilty hamster.

"Hello," he said. "I'm Bernie Madoff, and I'm about to offer you the investment opportunity of a lifetime."

I cringed. Madoff had been in prison for less than an hour and he had already made the classic rookie's mistake: never set up a Ponzi scheme during your first week.

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