A few helpful kernels amid a monotonous, repetitive text.

THE WEALTH CHOICE

SUCCESS SECRETS OF BLACK MILLIONAIRES

A study of black millionaires is the basis for this presentation of the laws of wealth.

Motivational lecturer Kimbro (What Makes the Great Great, 1996, etc.) adds this latest title to his series of self-help books aimed at the black community. He presents the thinking and habits that some of the 1,000 people included in his studies of black millionaires employed on their road to success. These include director Spike Lee, Tyler Perry, Richard Parsons, Terry McMillan and Bob Jones of the BET network. Rather than offering practical tips, the author aims to convey the changes in thinking, outlook and habit that have proven integral to success. In different ways, he frequently repeats his conception of success, which includes such insights as, “your net worth will equal your self-worth,” or “the pursuit of wealth is not only legitimate but a duty.” This single-minded fixation on the goal is part of what distinguishes Kimbro’s teachings from “what they teach at Harvard Business School.” The author emphasizes the massive importance of self-confidence and a firm belief in one's own abilities. “Security? There’s no such thing,” he writes. “There’s only opportunity…entrepreneurship is an endless adventure.” Ultimately, Kimbro presents a study of the acquisition of wealth for those who wish to be wealthy.

A few helpful kernels amid a monotonous, repetitive text.

Pub Date: Feb. 19, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-230-34207-8

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Nov. 7, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2012

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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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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

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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