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Business and Personal Finance December 2012
"The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers."
~ Dave Barry, American author
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The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind - by David Johnston
Publisher: Portfolio/Penguin
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/18/2012
Share The Fine Print%3a How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind ISBN-13: 9781591843580
ISBN-10: 1591843588
In The Fine Print, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Johnston presents a sobering analysis of the ways that everyday people are systematically exploited by corporate interests like utilities, banks, and insurance companies. Revealing small-print tactics in commonplace consumer agreements, Johnston shares recommendations for combatting these consumer-targeted abuses. For more help in fighting your way out of hidden fees, try Bob Sullivan's books, like Gotcha Capitalism or Stop Getting Ripped Off. And if you found The Fine Print an alarming call to action, you'll want to try Johnston's other books, Free Lunch and Perfectly Legal, about government subsidies and tax scams respectively.
The Debt-Free Spending Plan: An Amazingly Simple Way to Take Control of Your Finances Once and for All - by JoAnneh Nagler
Publisher: AMACOM/American Management Association
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/10/2012
Share The Debt-Free Spending Plan%3a An Amazingly Simple Way to Take Control of Your Finances Once and for All ISBN-13: 9780814432433
ISBN-10: 0814432433
Overwhelmed by debt? Trying to pretend it's not there? Buying on credit even though you know you can't make the payment? If you know you need to get control over your spending, you may find some relief in author JoAnneh Nagler's new book. Familiar with dealing with personal debt herself, she sets out straightforward, simple, and sensible rules, and while her plan requires commitment and hard work, it doesn't require total deprivation. By turns tough and sympathetic, Nagler offers hope -- and a way of life that incorporates sensible spending.
It's Your Business: 183 Essential Tips that Will Transform Your Small Business - by J.J. Ramberg with Lisa Everson and Frank Silverstein
Publisher: Business Plus
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/16/2012
Share It ISBN-13: 9781455509003
ISBN-10: 1455509000
This handy guide collects 183 hard-earned insights culled from the many small business owners and entrepreneurs who have appeared on MSNBC's long-running Your Business television show. Written by host J.J. Ramberg, it offers actionable tips and practical advice on a wide range of topics -- including finance, human resources, public relations, and sales -- that are sure to help small business owners and entrepreneurs succeed in their chosen industries while avoiding costly missteps. In some cases, QR codes are included that allow readers to build on bite-sized tips through visits to a website with videos from the show.
The Richest Woman in America: The Life and Times of Hetty Green in the Gilded Age - by Janet Wallach
Publisher: Nan A. Talese/Doubleday
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/25/2012
Share The Richest Woman in America%3a The Life and Times of Hetty Green in the Gilded Age ISBN-13: 9780385531979
ISBN-10: 0385531974
Though Hetty Green, who was as rich as John D. Rockefeller, was equally praised and derided during her life, she's nowhere near as well-known today, despite the perennial popularity of biographies of 19th-century financiers like Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan. This may be changing, after Charles Slack's biography, Hetty, in 2005, and now this one. Offering insight into Green's extremely frugal ways -- after she was abandoned by her mother as a child, Quaker values marked her life -- and the investment practices that caused her to be alternately heralded and denounced, author Janet Wallach provides an evenhanded and enjoyable account of an incredibly successful and admittedly eccentric woman.
I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know - by Kate White
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/18/2012
Share I Shouldn ISBN-13: 9780062122124
ISBN-10: 0062122126
As a follow up to her bestselling Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead...but Gutsy Girls Do, author and Cosmo magazine editor-in-chief Kate White is back with a wealth of no-nonsense advice for working women of all ages and professional levels. Including behind-the-scenes stories and unique perspectives (including her own), White aims to help women get the most out of their careers. She offers advice on topics that range from tangible (how to get a job) to less so (how to read work situations, or develop a "golden gut") as well as on special situations (how to handle maternity leave). Though not all of her tips will appeal to everyone, they are on the whole "useful and delightfully no-nonsense," says Kirkus Reviews.
Focus on: The American Auto Industry
Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry's Road to Bankruptcy and Bailout -- and Beyond - by Paul Ingrassia
Publisher: Random House
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/11/2011
Share Crash Course%3a The American Automobile Industry ISBN-13: 9780812980752
ISBN-10: 0812980751
Having covered the U.S. auto industry for 25 years by the time he published this book in 2010, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Ingrassia was well-positioned to offer a history of American car manufacturing and a detailed look at how its fortunes sank to the point that the headline of a 2009 cover story in The Economist read "Detroitosaurus Wrecks." From the early days of Henry Ford to the bankruptcies of GM and Chrysler, Ingrassia "conducts a brilliant industry autopsy" (Kirkus Reviews) and covers Detroit's successes and failures -- and competition. If you've got an interest -- or a stake -- in the American auto industry, you won't want to miss Crash Course.
Overhaul: An Insider's Account of the Obama Administration's Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry - by Steven Rattner
Publisher: Mariner Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/11/2011
Share Overhaul%3a An Insider ISBN-13: 9780547577425
ISBN-10: 0547577427
Though the auto industry crisis started during President George W. Bush's term in the White House, it ended up being President Obama's problem to solve. In February 2009, Steven Rattner was appointed as the lead auto advisor to the U.S. Treasury Department and led the administration's efforts to save and restructure the auto industry. In Overhaul, he relates the details of the clash between Washington and Detroit and explains the tough choices he and his team were forced to make. An extremely detailed account, Overhaul is great for public policy devotees; readers looking for a more inspiring account of an auto industry comeback story may want to try the 1984 bestseller Iacocca: An Autobiography.
Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability - by Daniel Sperling and Deborah Gordon
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/07/2010
Share Two Billion Cars%3a Driving Toward Sustainability ISBN-13: 9780199737239
ISBN-10: 0199737231
This thorough, extensive examination of America's auto industry could easily be the only book you need in order to gain an understanding of how the industry works -- and where it might be heading. Including a history of the Big Three (Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler) as well as other major automakers like Toyota and Honda, the authors explain the rise of America's car culture and why it's unsustainable while exploring alternatives to our oil dependency. They also cover why these alternatives aren't heavily utilized and look at the potential consequences of rising numbers of cars in China and India.
Once Upon a Car: The Fall and Resurrection of America's Big Three Auto Makers -- GM, Ford, and Chrysler - by Bill Vlasic
Publisher: William Morrow
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/04/2011
Share Once Upon a Car%3a The Fall and Resurrection of America ISBN-13: 9780061845628
ISBN-10: 0061845620
American automakers were once kings of the road; by the mid-2000s, they were struggling in an economic downturn, dealing with expensive pension plans and poor sales of their gas-guzzling behemoths while foreign automakers like Toyota gained market share. By 2008, GM and Chrysler were facing a government bailout. Covering the industry from 2005 to 2011, when this book was published, journalist Bill Vlasic documents the crumbling of the once-mighty car industry, reveals the impact of this crisis on workers and communities, and illuminates the recovery process. For more of Vlasic's writing on the auto industry, try Taken for a Ride, which covers the Chrysler/Daimler-Benz merger.
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