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“This is a way of taking over the USA [and] could take as many as two million people in one stroke.” How far will one man go when his lifetime of narcissism is left unchecked and his insecurities crystallize to panic? How far will you allow that person to stoke fear and animosity in the hearts of others? Written in a time when hatred rules our country and love is at a los “This is a way of taking over the USA [and] could take as many as two million people in one stroke.” How far will one man go when his lifetime of narcissism is left unchecked and his insecurities crystallize to panic? How far will you allow that person to stoke fear and animosity in the hearts of others? Written in a time when hatred rules our country and love is at a loss, this is an unbelievable yet true story of manipulation, narcissism, and distrust gone too far. Author Joshua T. Crowley, a survivor of childhood abuse, invites you to come home with him for a weekend of painful memories and baffling discoveries. As he and his family deal with the death of his volatile father, Joshua unearths a startling conspiracy: letters written by his deceased father in which he promised the lives of millions of his fellow Americans to foreign powers. Through interweaving parables, Joshua meshes topical events with horrific flashbacks to spotlight a human monster whose ghost still haunts our nation. Letters to Putin is a must-read for anyone who’s ever feared for their safety at the hands of an abusive person in a position of power. One-third of the author’s proceeds from this work are pledged to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.


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“This is a way of taking over the USA [and] could take as many as two million people in one stroke.” How far will one man go when his lifetime of narcissism is left unchecked and his insecurities crystallize to panic? How far will you allow that person to stoke fear and animosity in the hearts of others? Written in a time when hatred rules our country and love is at a los “This is a way of taking over the USA [and] could take as many as two million people in one stroke.” How far will one man go when his lifetime of narcissism is left unchecked and his insecurities crystallize to panic? How far will you allow that person to stoke fear and animosity in the hearts of others? Written in a time when hatred rules our country and love is at a loss, this is an unbelievable yet true story of manipulation, narcissism, and distrust gone too far. Author Joshua T. Crowley, a survivor of childhood abuse, invites you to come home with him for a weekend of painful memories and baffling discoveries. As he and his family deal with the death of his volatile father, Joshua unearths a startling conspiracy: letters written by his deceased father in which he promised the lives of millions of his fellow Americans to foreign powers. Through interweaving parables, Joshua meshes topical events with horrific flashbacks to spotlight a human monster whose ghost still haunts our nation. Letters to Putin is a must-read for anyone who’s ever feared for their safety at the hands of an abusive person in a position of power. One-third of the author’s proceeds from this work are pledged to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.

12 review for Letters to Putin: A Son's Story of Betrayal

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Turner

    Joshua tells the story of going home after his father has passed and discovering what can only be described as both unpredictable and unfathomable as he is cleaning out his father’s office. After this discovery, he reveals bits from his past interwoven with how he reacts to his findings and the impending funeral. Especially poignant is the way the author has introduced the character of his father, the first glimpses the reader gets of the man, aside from the letters the author discovers, consiste Joshua tells the story of going home after his father has passed and discovering what can only be described as both unpredictable and unfathomable as he is cleaning out his father’s office. After this discovery, he reveals bits from his past interwoven with how he reacts to his findings and the impending funeral. Especially poignant is the way the author has introduced the character of his father, the first glimpses the reader gets of the man, aside from the letters the author discovers, consistent with an almost harmless personality, perfectly in keeping with the persona the man showed to most of the world. But as the story unfolds, you get a full, well-rounded picture of the delusional and abusive father, husband, and employer he really was. Joshua’s story is harrowing and horrifying, a cautionary tale that people may not always be who they seem. But by bravely shedding light into this harsh reality by exposing his own abusive childhood, the author is helping to dispel dangerous illusions. An absolute must-read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Castetter

    Since I was a teenager, I’ve enjoyed reading stories written by survivors of child abuse. In such tales, I find equal parts strength and encouragement, as I am a survivor, too. Letters to Putin by Joshua T. Crowley, however, was remarkably different – this book validated my own experience in many indescribable ways. I cannot recommend it enough for each and every child abuse survivor…and everyone else, for that matter. Joshua T. Crowley is certainly one of the most incredible authors of our time. Since I was a teenager, I’ve enjoyed reading stories written by survivors of child abuse. In such tales, I find equal parts strength and encouragement, as I am a survivor, too. Letters to Putin by Joshua T. Crowley, however, was remarkably different – this book validated my own experience in many indescribable ways. I cannot recommend it enough for each and every child abuse survivor…and everyone else, for that matter. Joshua T. Crowley is certainly one of the most incredible authors of our time. His unashamedly honest thoughts and revelations throughout the present-day events dealing with the aftermath of his father’s death make Letters to Putin one-of-a-kind. So often, I’ve read stories where the author attempts to censor him-/herself, but Crowley does no such thing. Rather, he shares his true reactions and reflections to present and past events, making Letters to Putin a refreshing reading experience. As Crowley navigates the days and responsibilities following his father’s death, he discovers secrets his father kept from everyone, prompting him to reflect on his childhood, much of which was lived in a secrecy all of its own. The abuse the author endured was painful to read, especially as a mother. I found my arms aching at times in a desire to embrace Crowley in his childhood, desperate to show him what love truly is and to shield him from the neglect of his father. To read such horrific abuse of both a child’s mind and body was difficult, yes, but also motivating. Crowley’s story reminds me that there are often so many occurrences behind closed doors, and it is our duty to always be kind and willing to consider that reality is not always what it seems – particularly when masked by the “proper way of life,” such as church involvement, political affiliation, or community standings. After all, there are many things we don’t see about the people in our lives, and we must always be willing to protect children before our own interests or relationships. Letters to Putin is exactly the book America needs right now. In the wake of what is happening in Washington and the involvement of foreign nations in our politics, it is imperative that we realize and understand that there are citizens among us who would betray our nation to make a buck. Moreover, we must realize that if so-called patriots are willing to betray America, it is absolutely within the realm of possibility that there are parents who would likewise betray their children. In my experience as a survivor and wife of a child abuse survivor, I have seen far too many times that people are all-too-willing to believe a parent to be blameless and the child’s action (even an adult child!) to be impetuous, unjustified, and unworthy of forgiveness, even from a Higher Power. Thankfully, though, Crowley’s raw experiences – both emotional and chronological – provide an opportunity for readers to see the lifelong effects of child abuse and thus prompt the reader to consider the tragic reality for many children around the world. If you are a survivor of physical, emotional, mental, or sexual abuse, I must advise you to read this book with caution. However, please don’t let my warning discourage you from reading it! Crowley’s cathartic journey in the wake of his father’s death is one I believe many of us will one day face, or perhaps already have faced, as our abusers move into the next life and we are left here, finally completely free from their existence but not the memories they gave us. The emotions and reactions of Crowley reminded me that it is absolutely acceptable to feel the way I do about my abusers, and his revelations (both to himself and loved ones) throughout the book gave me the bravery-boost I needed to speak out about my own experiences. I cannot recommend this book enough to every single person I know. Although perfect for anyone, I know Letters to Putin will particularly resonate with fans of books by Dave Pelzer (such as A Child Called “It”), Richard B. Pelzer (A Brother’s Journey), America DeFleur (Dandelion), and Shy Keenan (Broken). As difficult as these authors’ stories are to read, I can only imagine how difficult their experiences were to live, and that is why it is our homage to them to read about their survival and share their stories in the hopes of encouraging another who is currently living through their own version of the hell that is child abuse. I strongly encourage each and every person to head on over to Amazon to purchase a copy now! (Available in paperback as well as on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.) The author donates a percentage of each royalty to RAINN. *Shirt in featured photo was made by America DeFleur; photo credit to my husband, Nick Castetter.

  3. 4 out of 5

    melissa purtteman

    A difficult story well told Joshua is a victim of abuse, a witness to abuse, and despite his most consistent role model through his development being this abuser he develops into (and writes with the clear voice of) a compassionate, empathetic man reflecting on how hate and fear manifest in intimate relationships, family dynamics, and even ones role as citizen of the world. The tone of the book is engaging - while the content is at times horrific, Josh holds our hand as the readers and helps us s A difficult story well told Joshua is a victim of abuse, a witness to abuse, and despite his most consistent role model through his development being this abuser he develops into (and writes with the clear voice of) a compassionate, empathetic man reflecting on how hate and fear manifest in intimate relationships, family dynamics, and even ones role as citizen of the world. The tone of the book is engaging - while the content is at times horrific, Josh holds our hand as the readers and helps us see love and bonds of family that grow despite the hellish home they are formed in. It is impossible not to appreciate the development of the author as everything counter to this brutal father as the gentle story teller of this tale. It provides a scaffolding to think about how we react to bullies - in small individual relationships and bigger interactions with the bullies of our age. It is honest and thoughtful without rushing to shock. A good book gets under your skin and makes you look at the world through a new lens and this book does just that. While it is in part a story of how one abusive force can tear through trust, it is also a story of love and resiliency and is quite simply beautifully written.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Thorne

    Letters to Putin is a well constructed, honest, and critically relevant memoir; a painful example of the bigotry, racism, and hatred that haunt America today. I was immediately pulled into the story by Joshua T. Crowley’s clever turns of phrase and his very normal, down-to-earth perspective. In parts my heart broke for the little boy he was, and at others I boiled with outrage at his father’s unspeakable crimes against those that could not defend themselves. Weaved in with the gut-wrenching reco Letters to Putin is a well constructed, honest, and critically relevant memoir; a painful example of the bigotry, racism, and hatred that haunt America today. I was immediately pulled into the story by Joshua T. Crowley’s clever turns of phrase and his very normal, down-to-earth perspective. In parts my heart broke for the little boy he was, and at others I boiled with outrage at his father’s unspeakable crimes against those that could not defend themselves. Weaved in with the gut-wrenching recollections was Joshua T. Crowley’s wit, such as the scene where he artfully talked his father out of inane decisions like the reverse mortgage. His resilience is inspiring, how he found joy in contrary holidays like Halloween, found hope in his sister’s visits, and grew into downright decent human being.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    Amazing! The author writes in such detail, I felt as if I was there. I felt the anxiety, the fear, the frustration and the anger. I laughed and I cried. It is truly an emotional roller coaster.

  6. 4 out of 5

    M

    I couldn't put it down! This is well written and heartwrenching. There don't seem to be limits on what can be justified by a mind filled with fear and hate.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jean

  9. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura Beth Rufolo

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

  12. 4 out of 5

    Zharel Anger

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