Nelson Mandela

Detecting the Scam



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Obama, Osama and Trump — And Nelson Mandela's Ghost

(May 7, 2011)


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Review from Steven Linde, Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Post...

Steve Linde writes:

"So how does one draw a connection between the statesmanship of Nelson Mandela, the sleaziness of Bernie Madoff and Ken Lay and the surreal world of Hans Christian Andersen? Well, Michael Friedlander does it brilliantly, logically explaining in an immensely readable, personable and witty way how Mandela’s political principles can be employed as a didactic device to detect financial scams and cry out, like that fantastic child, “But the emperor isn’t wearing anything at all!”

Review from Dr. Martin Sherman (appearing in The Jerusalem Post)...

Dr. Martin Sherman, B.Sc., MBA, Ph.D, is the author of Despots, Democrats, and Determinants of International Conflict and The Politics of Water in the Middle East. (For more information see

"Detecting the Scam: Nelson Mandela's Gift by Michael Friedlander is an intriguing book with a refreshing and original take on the fascinating topic of highprofile deceit and deception. It offers a distinctly original perspective on the art of negotiation and of diagnosing stratagems of deception that will appeal to a wide range of readership. Friedlander draws on his long years of experience as an international lawyer and senior business executive in the US, Europe and the Middle East to conduct an evaluation of the mechanisms and machinations of some of the most well-known scandals of the last decade in finance and international politics. His highly engaging analysis spans episodes such as the Enron bankruptcy, the Madoff embezzlement and the Ahmed Chalabi debacle in Iraq."

To read the entire review entitled: "The 'Mandelaian Model," click here.

Review from Ian Browde

Ian Browde led international business development for Apple, when the company expanded into Europe, Asia and Latin America. At Santa Cruz Operations, he managed the company’s partnership with Compaq in the Americas. At Nokia, he led strategy and business development in the Internet Services division. At the Theseus Business School in Sofia-Antipolis and the CRC in Jouy-en-Josas, France, he taught negotiating. (For more biographical information about Ian Browde, click here.)

"Detecting the Scam: Nelson Mandela’s Gift by Michael Friedlander is a remarkable book that delves into the exceptional mind and actions of an extraordinary 20th Century leader and points a laser beam at certain high-level deception perpetrated in the past 2 decades...

Detecting the Scam is compelling as it shows us how critical integrity is in any context, business or otherwise. It shows how leveraging integrity is actually a very powerful approach to doing business and can be the way for 21st Century companies to succeed while cutting the clutter, overruns, stress and generally high cost of the alternatives...

The value of Detecting the Scam is not only in the fair criticism it levels at the colleges and universities that “turned out” the actors in the conspiracies against society at large and individuals in particular. Its value is also not just in the framework it gives us to detect and, hopefully, prevent future scams as they inevitably arise. Its value is also not merely in its profound conclusion that each and every scam was a combination of deception and collusion where unfortunately no innocent child was present to shout “look, the Emperor is not wearing any clothes!” Rather, its value is in the usefulness, trustworthiness and relevance of the framework, the tools and the analysis provided by Friedlander that can be used in any business strategy and negotiation context..."

To read the entire review entitled: "Strategy and Negotiation—a Mandela Inspired Framework for Integrity in Business," click here.



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