AmerIcan Dream



THE AMERICAN DREAM is an inspiring account of a young man's journey from defendant to defense attorney. David Lee Windecher’s autobiography presents a rare window into the underground workings of one of Miami's most notorious drug rings, and a chilling depiction of the streets that America's poverty-stricken youth call home.

The hood is an addiction. An addiction that pulls as seductively and fiercely as the drugs hustled on its streets. Living in it is a daily exercise in survival.

Raised impoverished in the streets of Miami, David Lee Windecher was only eleven years old when he was first arrested for shoplifting. Stealing out of desperation to feed his family, Windecher believed he took what he deserved. That day, David started thinking like a hustler. He no longer waited for the scales to tip in his favor. That day, Windecher learned he could simply take what life denied him.

For the next seven years, David battled bitterly against his circumstances at the side of his gang-affiliate brothers. What started as grave measures to feed his family of six turned into a criminal lifestyle racked with violence, drugs and money. David lost himself on the streets. He joined a gang, sold dope, built and masterminded a crime ring and was arrested 13 times.

Despite living a life of crime, deep inside of David, an idealistic boy still dreamed of becoming an attorney and fighting for justice for all. He was just waiting for someone to believe he existed...


  • A must read for every student, teacher, politician, lawyer, minister, and human being who BELIEVES in justice and the realization of the American Dream and the rejection of an American nightmare.

    W. Michael Smith, Esq.
  • It’s a coming of age story about perseverance and survival in the face of abject adversity and poverty. It’s a story of redemption and salvation. It’s a story of hope.

    Bonnie Berman, Host, Topical Currents, WLRN-FM, NPR Miami
  • David Lee Windecher is truly an inspiration to anyone facing serious life challenges. The AmerIcan Dream: HisStory in the Making is a piercing account of life on the streets and the frustrations facing today’s impoverished youth. This book is a celebration of beating the odds and taking charge of one’s destiny.

    Sherry Boston, Solicitor-General of DeKalb County
  • Inspired and chilling by turns… Windecher paints an unflinching portrait of what it’s like to be poor, young and tempted by easy money.

    Ana Veciana-Suarez, The Miami Herald
  • The AmerIcan Dream’ is a powerful testimonial of the emotional strength and guidance derived from one’s faith in God. David recounts his life story with heart breaking, yet encouraging honesty. … This book opens the window and allows every reader a peek into this dark world and likewise gives us a greater understanding of the challenges facing today’s impoverished youth. … It is through galvanizing stories like David’s we will come to understand this hope and begin to help bring the light of the Lord to those in need.

    Michael Cox, Lead Pastor Cornerstone Church, Anniston, AL
  • The American Dream is without question, a moving and profound read. One that should be read by every prison-reform advocate within the White House, United States Justice Department and the Congress.

    Kenneth Wooden, Author of Weeping in the Playtime of Others -America's Incarnated Children
  •  David Lee Windecher’s rise from the gangs of Miami to the courtrooms of Atlanta provides a powerful argument for better rehabilitation efforts in our criminal justice system. As I read his memoir, I found myself cringing at times, tearing up at others, but always pulling for this underdog to make it. It’s a timeless American story. 

    Jim Auchmutey, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Author of 'The Class of '65'
  •  This book is a must read for anyone. David Windecher’s memoir is not the typical story of someone succeeding and overcoming odds. This is a story of profound courage and belief in the values of change and education. Despite doubts, uncertainties and a societal attitude against him, despite all these walls, David perseveres. This is the story of a young man who should be dead or in custody, but instead journeys through the bottom rungs of society, drugs and gangs to become a licensed attorney helping others.

    Alfonso Valdez, PhD, Director, Public Policy Laboratory, School of Social Science, University of California, Irvine


David Lee Windecher, the son of Argentine immigrants, spent his formative years residing in two of the most dangerous cities in the United States – El Monte, California and Miami, Florida. Despite being born into desperate circumstances surrounded by tough gangs and limited opportunity, David relentlessly fought to change his fate.

Today, Windecher is licensed to practice criminal defense in Georgia and Florida and is the Founder of RED, Inc., a non-profit organization sponsoring GED programs for young juveniles facing non-violent criminal charges and capable of rehabilitation through an education.

He wrote this autobiography to portray the difficulty of obtaining the American dream as an impoverished minority.

Windecher’s faith in God and love for his family were the catalysts for turning his life around.


  • There are storytellers and then there are those whose lives tell a story. “The AmerIcan Dream” grabs you from the beginning and immediately transports you to a reality beyond your imagination. David Windecher bravely narrates his life story with unparalleled honesty and unabashed emotion leaving the reader lamenting David’s mistakes, grieving for his heartbreaks and rejoicing in his achievements. “The AmerIcan Dream” is an awakening for us all. 

    Ozzie Areu, President, Tyler Perry Studios


Buy The Book

Purchase on Amazon!


A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each copy of The AmerIcan Dream – HisStory In The Making will be donated to RED, Inc. RED, Inc. is a non-profit organization which sponsors GED programs for young juveniles who are facing non-violent criminal charges and capable of rehabilitation through an education. RED, Inc.’s mission is to decrease recidivism and increase literacy amongst America’s youth.

If you would like to donate directly to RED, Inc. your contributions are much appreciated. With each donation of $250.00, one young American will have the opportunity to receive an education through a GED program.


Learn more about RED, Inc by clicking here.





Contact Us Today