From Defendant to Defense Attorney
The AmerIcan Dream: HisStory In The Making
THE AMERICAN DREAM is an inspiring account of a young man’s journey from defendant to defense attorney. David Lee Windecher’s autobiography presents a rare window into the underground workings of one of Miami’s most notorious drug rings, and a chilling depiction of the streets that America’s poverty-stricken youth call home.
The hood is an addiction. An addiction that pulls as seductively and fiercely as the drugs hustled on its streets. Living in it is a daily exercise in survival.
Raised impoverished in the streets of Miami, David Lee Windecher was only eleven years old when he was first arrested for shoplifting. Stealing out of desperation to feed his family, Windecher believed he took what he deserved. That day, David started thinking like a hustler. He no longer waited for the scales to tip in his favor. That day, Windecher learned he could simply take what life denied him.
For the next seven years, David battled bitterly against his circumstances at the side of his gang-affiliated brothers. What started as grave measures to feed his family of six turned into a criminal lifestyle racked with violence, drugs, and money. David lost himself on the streets. He joined a gang, sold dope, built and masterminded a crime ring and was arrested 13 times.
Despite living a life of crime, deep inside of David, an idealistic boy still dreamed of becoming an attorney and fighting for justice for all. He was just waiting for someone to believe he existed…
*All proceeds from book purchases made on Amazon go towards bringing an end to recidivism through David’s Non-Profit, RED.
“David Lee Windecher is truly an inspiration to anyone facing serious life challenges. The AmerIcan Dream | HisStory in the Making is a piercing account of life on the streets and the frustrations facing today’s impoverished youth. This book is a celebration of beating the odds and taking charge of one’s destiny.”
Sherry Boston, District Attorney of DeKalb County, GA
“There are storytellers and then there are those whose lives tell a story. “The AmerIcan Dream” grabs you from the beginning and immediately transports you to a reality beyond your imagination. David Windecher bravely narrates his life story with unparalleled honesty and unabashed emotion leaving the reader lamenting David’s mistakes, grieving for his heartbreaks and rejoicing in his achievements. “The AmerIcan Dream” is an awakening for us all.”
Ozzie Areu, President, Tyler Perry Studios
“Inspired and chilling by turns… Windecher paints an unflinching portrait of what it’s like to be poor, young and tempted by easy money.”
Ana Veciana-Suarez, The Miami Herald
“It’s a coming of age story about perseverance and survival in the face of abject adversity and poverty. It’s a story of redemption and salvation. It’s a story of hope.”
Bonnie Berman, Host, “Topical Currents,” WLRN-FM, NPR Miami
“‘The AmerIcan Dream’ is a powerful testimonial of the emotional strength and guidance derived from one’s faith in God. David recounts his life story with heart breaking, yet encouraging honesty. Too many children are left to navigate the dangerous streets of America’s poor neighborhoods. This book opens the window and allows every reader a peek into this dark world and likewise gives us a greater understanding of the challenges facing today’s impoverished youth. I believe in my heart it is the duty of every Christian to behold this knowledge and understand that there is hope for everyone. It is through galvanizing stories like David’s we will come to understand this hope and begin to help bring the light of the Lord to those in need.”
Michael Cox, Lead Pastor of Cornerstone Church, Anniston, Al