A gut-wrenching memoir of brutal crime, prison time, and ultimate redemption. "The Upside of Fear" allows readers to experience the harsh reality of a criminal life and creates a riveting portrait of true crime at its fundamental level. From buying the duct tape for an armed robbery to saving the life of a prison guard, author Weldon Long recounts his harrowing journey of self-discovery and how he went from being a drunk in a jail cell to the CEO of a multimillion-dollar business. Twenty years of drinking, drugging, robbing, and lying led Long to more than a decade of time spent in prisons, jails, and halfway houses -- and a strained re-lationship with a son he barely knew. Through the revealing perspective of an eloquent criminal, readers will discover how to use fear as a positive motivating force and use the mind to strengthen the will, even in the bleakest of circumstances. Long's story demonstrates that love can redeem even the most hopeless criminal, and that there can be no emotions stronger than the desire for redemption and the love of a father separated from his son by prison bars.