Nightmare Success: Loyalty, Betrayal, Life Behind Bars, Adapting, and Finally Breaking Free: A Memoir

by Brent Cassity


As Brent Cassity stood at the gate of Leavenworth prison to voluntarily surrender his freedom for the next five years of his life, a million thoughts flooded through his mind. But, the one thought he couldn't push away is this: How did the thing I most feared...the one thing I told myself would never happen...happen to me?

Nightmare Success is for the person who has lost hope, to show that a second chance is possible. Brent shares survival tools that helped him adapt to prison that can be used in everyday life for those who are stuck and fearful of continuing to step forward. There are business lessons shared about how to build a national company, and minefields to avoid.Brent coined the phrase, "Nightmare Success" because everything you want is on the other side of fear. What key will unlock the prison of your mind and set you free?

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The Author:

Brent Cassity was an innovative CEO of Forever Enterprises, a national company, which he grew from a small regional company to operating in over 22 states. Brent was recognized by the national media; TIME, Fortune, Wall Street Journal to name a few. HBO even did a documentary that spawned the TV series Six Feet Under. Just when he thought he had it all, he lost it all and found himself standing at the Gates of Leavenworth Prison to serve a 5-year sentence.


ISBN: 978-1-951943-96-7
Publication date: November 25, 2021
Page count: 272
List price: $17.95
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Brent Cassity was born to succeed yet that success bred a nightmare that brought his whole world crashing down around him. Nightmare Success: Loyalty, Betrayal, Life Behind Bars, Adapting, and Finally Breaking Free is his inspiring story of how he lifted himself up from the darkest days, amidst the greatest of betrayals, and survived. His simple message: to always have a plan, set goals to strive for and be willing to adapt, will help others see that second chances are just one step forward. You just need the courage to take that step. Nightmare Success is a captivating memoir and a cautionary business thriller that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next and how will Cassity break free from his nightmare and triumph.

Adrienne Sparks

Principal, Sparks Marketing Consultancy

Author Brent Cassity could easily be called the Captain of the Survive and Conquer Team. In this bracing memoir the life of a successful man - in life and in business and even in prison - is shared in a manner that both shocks and wins admiration.

'Nightmare Success' is a memoir about freedom, and the author has navigated life through thick and thin, conquering what is believed to be a better understanding of himself. I thought the personal touch and the honesty really took the book to another level.

This book was very interesting and an easy read. I really believe in second chances. Brent’s story tells us how he concord some of his greatest fears and prevailed. A true testament in dealing with the cards you are dealt and continue to live your life. Find time to read this book!

Perseverance Grit and values of a love filled marriage...perserverance grit and love were also the qualities given to Brent by his wife and daughters. We can all get a second chance regardless of the injustice within our justice system.

What a story and sequence of events. Life creates so many challenges for all of us and this story presents challenges that few of us can relate to. It’s well written and an easy read. Perseverance, consistency, FAMILY, love, grit…it’s all there to embrace.

When faced with adversity Brent Cassity chose to be a survivor not a victim as he navigated the collapse of his business empire, financial ruin, and a heartbreaking family betrayal that could have crushed him. In his memoir Nightmare Success: Loyalty, Betrayal, Life Behind Bars, Adapting, and Finally Breaking Free, Brent Cassity shows us that if you have the gumption and faith to lift yourself up, take one step at a time, one day at a time, you can find your way to the other side and have hope for a better tomorrow.

Kathi Koll

Founder, The Kathi Koll Foundation, Supporting Caregivers in Need, and award-winning author of Kick-Ass Kinda Girl: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Caregiving

Nightmare Success: Loyalty, Betrayal, Life Behind Bars, Adapting, and Finally Breaking Free: A Memoir by Brent Cassity is classified as a personal success in business type of book.

I am so proud of Brent, the author!!! In this book you will find him reliving very dark days while also relishing in wonderful days growing up in his favorite town, Springfield, MO and raising his family. This book takes the reader on a journey of severe ups and downs.

I found this very difficult to put down once I started. Many of us have created our own personal prisons that confine us in ways very similar to the real thing. Cassity provides strategies for moving through these unthinkable experiences that can really help others to cope and come through stronger. Very well done!

Brent Cassidy spent 5 years in prison after being a successful ceo for decades. This book is part biography

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