A comprehensive and accessible guide to understanding financial options and the stock market by an author who describes...




In this debut investment manual, an experienced financial planner offers practical strategies for negotiating the stock market and building wealth.

Novice investors are frequently intimidated by the confusing world of stocks and bonds. This fear comes partly from a lack of familiarity with complex financial processes and institutions and partly from the fact that the stakes are so high for investors risking their hard-earned savings in a market that seems precarious and unpredictable. Demmert attempts to unravel this intricate web in a methodical and well-organized narrative that looks almost like a textbook for Stock Market 101. Beginning with “Fundamentals of Investing,” he defines basic terms, provides a brief and intriguing history of domestic and international financial crises, and supplies insights into “investor psychology.” In the hands of a less engaging narrator, this all might be pretty dull and overwhelming stuff, but the author uses a number of devices to effectively enliven his presentation. Interspersed among instructive sections—such as “How Money Grows,” “Investing Is a Competitive Sport,” and “Using Charts, Beta, and Science to Figure Out the Stop Loss Price”—are evocative graphics and informative charts and tables. He also sprinkles in provocative quotes from such diverse (and sometimes unlikely) experts on financial values as Gandhi, Ronald Reagan, and Yogi Berra. Throughout this detailed and instructive book, Demmert crystallizes his advice into 18 principles, clearly set off in boxes for easy reference. At the end, he delivers a seven-part recap of his investment tactics. In places, the book feels overformatted, and all the inserts make some pages confusing to follow. But the narrative is generally remarkably compelling. It is not a work for readers looking for a quick “idiot’s” guide but should be perfect for those seeking a more in-depth understanding of global financial forces and practical investment choices and strategies.

A comprehensive and accessible guide to understanding financial options and the stock market by an author who describes himself as “passionate about successful investing."

Pub Date: Oct. 21, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9973357-1-2

Page Count: 280

Publisher: New Insights Press

Review Posted Online: Oct. 30, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2017

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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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Necessarily swift and adumbrative as well as inclusive, focused, and graceful.


A light-speed tour of (mostly) Western poetry, from the 4,000-year-old Gilgamesh to the work of Australian poet Les Murray, who died in 2019.

In the latest entry in the publisher’s Little Histories series, Carey, an emeritus professor at Oxford whose books include What Good Are the Arts? and The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books, offers a quick definition of poetry—“relates to language as music relates to noise. It is language made special”—before diving in to poetry’s vast history. In most chapters, the author deals with only a few writers, but as the narrative progresses, he finds himself forced to deal with far more than a handful. In his chapter on 20th-century political poets, for example, he talks about 14 writers in seven pages. Carey displays a determination to inform us about who the best poets were—and what their best poems were. The word “greatest” appears continually; Chaucer was “the greatest medieval English poet,” and Langston Hughes was “the greatest male poet” of the Harlem Renaissance. For readers who need a refresher—or suggestions for the nightstand—Carey provides the best-known names and the most celebrated poems, including Paradise Lost (about which the author has written extensively), “Kubla Khan,” “Ozymandias,” “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads, which “changed the course of English poetry.” Carey explains some poetic technique (Hopkins’ “sprung rhythm”) and pauses occasionally to provide autobiographical tidbits—e.g., John Masefield, who wrote the famous “Sea Fever,” “hated the sea.” We learn, as well, about the sexuality of some poets (Auden was bisexual), and, especially later on, Carey discusses the demons that drove some of them, Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath among them. Refreshingly, he includes many women in the volume—all the way back to Sappho—and has especially kind words for Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop, who share a chapter.

Necessarily swift and adumbrative as well as inclusive, focused, and graceful.

Pub Date: April 21, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-300-23222-6

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Yale Univ.

Review Posted Online: Feb. 9, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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