Think back on a time when you were intentionally hurt by a coworker, family member, or friend. Does one particular situation come to mind? Maybe you have quite a few experiences that fit into this category. The unfortunate truth is that we have all been betrayed at some point in our lives, and no matter how well you believe you know someone, you may not fully know their moral compass.
Now, it’s time to learn from those painful experiences and move on into a better and brighter future. Susan Stautberg and Elaine Eisenman are authorities on betrayal. They have written Betrayed: A Survivor’s Guide to Lying, Cheating, & Double Dealing as an enlightening guide to navigating and overcoming betrayal, as well as knowing how to detect and prevent it.
In the book, you’ll meet Ben, who jumped at the opportunity to manage business operations at his best friend’s quickly-growing start-up, later only to be bought out behind his back. Then you’ll be introduced to Gina, an experienced businesswoman who sat on the board of a publicly traded company; that is until a new CEO takes over and wipes her career out from under her feet.
Comprised of numerous real-life accounts of betrayal in both professional and personal relationships, readers are presented with key takeaways to build a positive roadmap to the future. Upon finishing the book, readers will have a greater understanding of the importance of trusting your gut, the value of holding on to your power, and how to develop resilience and have the courage to move forward.
Moving forward can prove difficult without forgiveness. Forgiveness, when done correctly, frees you from the emotional pain that comes with betrayal. It has no “sell-by” date, and in the book, you’ll read about a story between two college friends who left a betrayal open-ended, until they ran into each other by chance five years later. But what happens when you’re betrayed by your own blood? In the book, we’ll introduce you to Carlos, a man whose story is full of all of the dark alleys a family business can run into.
Whether you’ve recently been betrayed or you simply want to learn how to protect yourself in the future, Betrayed: A Survivor’s Guide to Lying, Cheating, & Double Dealing is an essential addition to your library.
Betrayal is not a competition. But having dealt with one of the ultimate betrayals, as a coworker of convicted spy Robert Hanssen, I was curious to read this book. With a splash of wicked humor, this is a great read to guide you through the process and come out of it stronger and with dignity intact. Real-life stories vividly and poignantly drive home the point—to BOUNCE: be Bold, Optimistic, Undaunted, Nimble, Courageous, and Empowered. Bravo to the authors!
This book—from the heartfelt stories of betrayal to the useful checklists—would have been helpful to have when my family was financially betrayed as direct investors in several Bernie Madoff funds.
Betrayed is both consoling and invigorating, akin to a long talk with a friend who offers a shoulder to cry on as well uncannily good advice. It reminds readers that choosing to place our trust in others is fundamental to being human, and so is the pain that sometimes comes with it. Its insights about how to understand, overcome, and learn from the experience of betrayal offer a path forward for anyone feeling let down by colleagues, loved ones, or both.
You just can’t put this book down—there has never been one like it. Like air, betrayal surrounds us, yet we often don’t recognize it for what it is until it’s too late—the ultimate destruction of trust. The stories are shocking. In my career as a crisis manager, I sometimes think I’ve seen it all, but nothing cuts, destroys, and lingers like betrayal. Susan and Elaine get it, explain it, and show us how to not only survive betrayal, but how to keep our love, joy, and trust alive even while doing so. A must-read in our crazy, inconstant world.
Susan Stautberg and Elaine Eisenman have collaborated on an important topic no one wants to talk about but everyone has experienced it multiple times in their lives: Being betrayed. This thoughtful book of case studies and sound advice on how to deal with different types of hurtful behavior by those we trust and care about provides the right balance of introspection and external insights. A must-read to help us know we aren’t alone in working through these tough events and that we can also get to the other side with the ability to mitigate the risk of betrayal in the future and to have more resilience if we get caught up in it again.
Often betrayal, large and small, haunts us through our daily lives. By sharing real-life stories in an intimate and personal tone, Elaine and Susan provide us with essential tools to help us work through them. You won’t stop reading, and you will realize that the strength of others empowers all of us.
Everyone has felt the sting of betrayal—either personally or professionally. This excellent, practical book provides a roadmap to finding your way through the anger and confusion and emerge whole on the other side. I wish I had this book in 2003!