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

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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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SLEEPERS

An extraordinary true tale of torment, retribution, and loyalty that's irresistibly readable in spite of its intrusively melodramatic prose. Starting out with calculated, movie-ready anecdotes about his boyhood gang, Carcaterra's memoir takes a hairpin turn into horror and then changes tack once more to relate grippingly what must be one of the most outrageous confidence schemes ever perpetrated. Growing up in New York's Hell's Kitchen in the 1960s, former New York Daily News reporter Carcaterra (A Safe Place, 1993) had three close friends with whom he played stickball, bedeviled nuns, and ran errands for the neighborhood Mob boss. All this is recalled through a dripping mist of nostalgia; the streetcorner banter is as stilted and coy as a late Bowery Boys film. But a third of the way in, the story suddenly takes off: In 1967 the four friends seriously injured a man when they more or less unintentionally rolled a hot-dog cart down the steps of a subway entrance. The boys, aged 11 to 14, were packed off to an upstate New York reformatory so brutal it makes Sing Sing sound like Sunnybrook Farm. The guards continually raped and beat them, at one point tossing all of them into solitary confinement, where rats gnawed at their wounds and the menu consisted of oatmeal soaked in urine. Two of Carcaterra's friends were dehumanized by their year upstate, eventually becoming prominent gangsters. In 1980, they happened upon the former guard who had been their principal torturer and shot him dead. The book's stunning denouement concerns the successful plot devised by the author and his third friend, now a Manhattan assistant DA, to free the two killers and to exact revenge against the remaining ex-guards who had scarred their lives so irrevocably. Carcaterra has run a moral and emotional gauntlet, and the resulting book, despite its flaws, is disturbing and hard to forget. (Film rights to Propaganda; author tour)

Pub Date: July 10, 1995

ISBN: 0-345-39606-5

Page Count: 432

Publisher: Ballantine

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1995

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