A bold, fresh, and thought-provoking guide.



Contrarian financial advice from a multimillionaire millennial.

In this debut business book, Ameduri, who built a financial advisory business, Future Money Trends, via a YouTube channel and a newsletter, offers the millennial generation a pep talk about financial freedom. The book begins with a frank discussion that puts wealth accumulation into perspective, with the author noting that “money is an important tool…but it is not the end goal.” Rather, he says, one’s priorities should be taking financial control of one’s own life. He urges members of his generation to adopt a “sustainable, frugal mindset” with an emphasis on eliminating debt and cutting expenses. When it comes to specific personal financial strategies, the author leans away from conventional thinking. For example, he suggests that “the majority of the general public has failed miserably” at retirement and that people should “focus on capturing passive income” rather than pursue traditional retirement-savings approaches. In fact, generating such passive income is a centerpiece of Ameduri’s financial plan; to that end, he advocates and explains such tactics as crowdfunding, real estate investment trusts, and residential real estate investment. The author is no fan of typical Wall Street investing, either; instead, he recommends considering investment in micro-cap companies, precious metals, cryptocurrency, and, intriguingly, whole life insurance policies as investment vehicles. Ameduri also views employment by a company as riskier than being a freelancer or independent contractor, suggesting that “everything about the market is pushing us toward independence and sovereignty.” It all adds up to a heady, provocative, and quietly radical worldview of work, money, and personal freedom, and some millennial readers will no doubt find Ameduri’s approach tantalizing. Others, however, may be wary of such nontraditional approaches. Still, the author’s candor is refreshing, and his sweeping, lofty argument is compelling. He’s passionate about his beliefs and writes with panache, and additional, insightful observations by his wife, Jewel, add to the book’s value.

A bold, fresh, and thought-provoking guide.

Pub Date: July 13, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5445-1376-8

Page Count: 196

Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing

Review Posted Online: Sept. 25, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2019

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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