Current Events & Public Affairs


The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath reviewed in BusinessWeek

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 14, 2008, at 4:57 PM in News & Opinion

This week, BusinessWeek writer Chris Farrell reviewed The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath: The Transformation of America's Economy, Politics, and Society by Robert J. Samuelson. If you enjoy identifying the ways the current economic situation is reminiscent of past event in recent history (say, the Reagan era and the recessions between the late 1960s and early 1980s), The Great Inflation and its Aftermath will deliver all-too-familiar reminders of economic instability, federal intervention, and renewed faith in the American system of innovation and reconstruction.


More Meltdown Recommendations from The Wall Street Journal

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 14, 2008, at 2:44 PM in News & Opinion

The Weekend Edition of The Wall Street Journal has a regular feature called Five Best, where the editors ask an expert about the five books that best represent a topic. They have done personal finance and advertising just to name a few. This past weekend, the subject was financial meltdowns.


What Borders Is Selling For the Credit Crisis

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 13, 2008, at 7:41 PM in News & Opinion

In today's Wall Street Journal, Borders business-book buyer Michael D'Agostini says there are five titles that seems to be of most interest to credit concerned consumers visiting his stores: The Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers and the Great Credit Crunch by Charles Morris The World Is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy by David Smick The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What It Means by George Soros Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and The Global Crisis of American Capitalism by Kevin Phillips Crash Proof: How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse by Peter Schiff The article also says that you will probably find a similar display at your local Barnes & Noble the next time you visit.


Business Books For The Current Credit Crunch

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 29, 2008, at 2:59 PM in News & Opinion

Shelf Awareness, a great site that follows the book trade, requested book suggestions that would help explain the current credit crisis. On Friday, they ran the piece under the heading Meltdown Lit: Recommended Books for the Wall Street Debacle. Please go check out the whole piece.


Article from Joseph A. Michelli, author of The New Gold Standard

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 29, 2008, at 3:44 PM in News & Opinion

Thanks to Joseph A. Michelli for providing this article for our blog. Shrink Not - Adjust the sail and seek The New Gold Standard of Leadership By Joseph A.


Evolutionary Economics

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 30, 2008, at 9:06 PM in News & Opinion

Found this today. A Fast Company article on evolutionary economics from Michael Shermer, author of The Mind of the Market. If the fruit of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 hasn't landed in your bank account yet, it's likely just a matter of time before you're throwing $600 on the bed just to see what it feels like to roll around in that much cash.

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The train wreck that was Bear Stearns

By Jack, published May 27, 2008, at 1:41 PM in News & Opinion

Caption: "An August conference call fails to calm investors. " On Tuesday May 27, The Wall Street Journal begins a three part analysis of the collapse of Bear Stearns. Buffeted by the most treacherous market forces in a generation and hobbled by indecision, the firm's leaders missed opportunities that might have been able to save the 85-year-old brokerage.


NYT review of Predictably Irrational

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 18, 2008, at 8:35 PM in News & Opinion

The New York Times Sunday Book Review had a great article on Predictably Irrational: A Behavioral Economist's Startling Insights for Irrationally Better Living by Dan Ariely. We've had several good reads on this book, one the reviewer calls "a far more revolutionary book than its unthreatening manner lets on. " Writer David Berreby tells us that: Another sign that times are changing is "Predictably Irrational," a book that both exemplifies and explains this shift in the cultural winds.


Greenspan's inspiration

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 17, 2007, at 5:42 AM in News & Opinion

Greenspan was a big fan of Atlas Shrugged -- a book some consider to be one of the most influential business books ever written. Many have criticized the book for encouraging selfishness. Yet, Greenspan refuted it in a letter to the NYTimes in 1957: 'Atlas Shrugged' is a celebration of life and happiness.


Everyone Talking About Greenspan Book

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 16, 2007, at 4:46 PM in News & Opinion

The media doesn't know what an embargo is anymore. I can tell you that publishers are driven nuts when reporters start talking about a book before it comes out. With the book slated to come out Monday, Alan Greenspan's book The Age of Turbulence is the latest to fall victim to impatience.


Excerpt from The Last Chance Millionaire

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 7, 2007, at 3:32 PM in News & Opinion

The following is a brief excerpt from the book The Last Chance Millionaire by Douglass R. Andrew. The Pitcher of Water Versus the Empty Glass When I give seminars, this is the moment that I introduce the most memorable visual aids I have ever used.


Riding the Freakonomics Wave.

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 3, 2007, at 2:59 PM in News & Opinion

The WSJ picks on the latest economic books saying they're overlooking a more bedrock rule -- that of supply and demand (free access today). From the WSJ: In Discover Your Inner Economist, Tyler Cowen, an economics professor at George Mason University, talks readers through economic rationales for dating (flowers work because they are expensive), charity (give to those who aren't asking) and eating well (at expensive restaurants, avoid dishes that rely too heavily on top-quality raw ingredients). But sales of other new titles that aim to explain weird phenomena in economic terms don't bode well for Mr.