A knowledgeable, comprehensive guide to the legal rights of consumers, presented in a format that might have benefited from...

Legal Consumer Tips and Secrets

AVOIDING DEBTORS PRISON IN THE UNITED STATES

A lawyer offers substantive advice on avoiding financial scams, fighting for rights as a consumer, and managing debt.

In this collection, Ware (The Immigration Paradox, 2008) provides explanations, hints, resources, and cautionary tales on a wide range of issues related to consumer protection law. Each chapter focuses on a single topic, such as the fundamentals of medical malpractice, how to understand and manage a credit score, how to identify red flags when purchasing a business franchise, and the different protections afforded credit and debit cards. Ware, an attorney, is clearly knowledgeable about consumer law, and provides citations of both case law and other resources for a general audience. The book’s advice ranges from the basic and practical (such as urging readers to shred unwanted credit card solicitations and to learn to recognize phishing emails) to more specialized topics (such as the mechanics of the foreclosure process and the legal restrictions on debt collectors). The author also provides a bullet-pointed summary at the end of each chapter. The final chapters specifically address the book’s subtitle, as Ware explains the historical practice of imprisoning debtors and the recently passed laws in several states that make it legal in certain circumstances. Although the book provides a wealth of useful information, its tone is uneven, jumping between folksy, chapter-opening jokes of questionable quality and overly pedantic formatting that’s more appropriate to legal documents, including “supra” and “infra” citations. It also makes excessive, incorrect use of quotation marks for emphasis (“do not just ‘glance’ at these documents”; “the ‘reputation’ of an investment manager”). However, the book’s advice is solid, and readers who look to it for information on the jurisdiction of the Federal Trade Commission, for example, or the difference between debt consolidation and debt settlement will likely be satisfied with its contents.

A knowledgeable, comprehensive guide to the legal rights of consumers, presented in a format that might have benefited from a stronger edit.

Pub Date: Sept. 20, 2007

ISBN: 978-1-4620-5184-7

Page Count: 236

Publisher: iUniverse

Review Posted Online: Oct. 24, 2016

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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