The author, Daniel G. Hofstein, has sometimes been referred to as the real ‘most interesting person in the world’. Throughout high school, Daniel worked an accounting firm but also played poker in underground casinos throughout Chicago. In addition, he was a paintball referee, and then bought and sold paintball gear on eBay. (Before traditional and non-traditional employment he would go to a golf driving range and clean golf clubs for tips, and also would sell Coca-Cola on campus in middle-school.)
Upon entering college, he had over $40,000 in his bank account, but by the end of his first year had failed every class, was arrested on felony drug charges (though all were dismissed years later), and was broke. Upon turning 21, Daniel began working as a casino dealer, late helping to open a Las Vegas strip casino as a pit boss. Within the casino industry, he obtained a degree in casino management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and helped to invent and patent (US8651489B2) a casino game that won ‘best new table game’. Since selling that casino game, he has graduated from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School with a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), helped to start (and sell) an axe-throwing range, invented commando jeans, started an in-ride ride-share convenience store, and much more.
He is now campaigning to be the first politician elected to Clark County, Nevada with no political party in a hundred years (Assembly District 35). His experience in everything from traditional work to entrepreneurial experience, being arrested and having all charges dismissed, to much more makes him the perfect person to write this book.
In addition, Daniel reached out to hundreds of relevant experts where their addition would be valuable. The book contains what many consider should have been taught in high school, like money, sex, drugs, laws, and more. In addition, the book contains within it the public essay by Benjamin Franklin, The Way to Wealth, and his grandfather’s philosophy book, you, You, YOU are the Philosopher, a book designed to ensure people are thinking for themselves.
13th Grade: Real World 101 has been planned to be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for the 2019 rounds in the general non-fiction category.