Just enough information to confuse inexperienced investors, although they will likely find a few useful tidbits within.

MoneyRx

YOUR PRESCRIPTION FOR FINANCIAL SUCCESS

One financial adviser’s version of the ABCs of money management.

As debut author Newtz explains in his introduction, the purpose of his book is to present guidelines for basic money market strategies and good financial decision-making. The first chapter explains why financial institutions are focused on making money for themselves, not their customers. Next, the author discusses some basic money management details, such as setting goals and preventing identity theft. He looks at the necessity of building good investments, which he calls a “castle and moat” to protect wealth from the forces of “erosion”—inflation, taxes, interest rate declines, and other factors. He then goes over some of the cardinal rules of investing (such as “Carry a considerable dividend and cash position—you want to have money available when investment opportunities arise”) and lists the types of financial vehicles that make up a full money management plan. Newtz goes on to what to look for in a financial adviser, takes a brief look at tax avoidance strategies, reviews some of the most common mistakes investors make, and covers common retirement-related issues. Finally, he lays out the importance of enjoying money rather than just hoarding it. Although Newtz provides some useful information, he tends to skimp on the important details. For example, he lists several viable asset-allocation strategies, but fails to explain how to decide which one is the best option for a given situation. He also neglects to mention whether his own strategies have proven lucrative for himself and his clients. On the other hand, the details he does include may be quite useful to beginning investors, such as his advice about diversifying across asset classes instead of buying a lot of mutual funds that may hold the exact same stocks. His argument for using life insurance as a money management tool is also both plausible and intriguing.

Just enough information to confuse inexperienced investors, although they will likely find a few useful tidbits within.

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Publisher: Dog Ear Publisher

Review Posted Online: Sept. 6, 2016

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If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

THE 48 LAWS OF POWER

The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power.

Everyone wants power and everyone is in a constant duplicitous game to gain more power at the expense of others, according to Greene, a screenwriter and former editor at Esquire (Elffers, a book packager, designed the volume, with its attractive marginalia). We live today as courtiers once did in royal courts: we must appear civil while attempting to crush all those around us. This power game can be played well or poorly, and in these 48 laws culled from the history and wisdom of the world’s greatest power players are the rules that must be followed to win. These laws boil down to being as ruthless, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful as possible. Each law, however, gets its own chapter: “Conceal Your Intentions,” “Always Say Less Than Necessary,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy,” and so on. Each chapter is conveniently broken down into sections on what happened to those who transgressed or observed the particular law, the key elements in this law, and ways to defensively reverse this law when it’s used against you. Quotations in the margins amplify the lesson being taught. While compelling in the way an auto accident might be, the book is simply nonsense. Rules often contradict each other. We are told, for instance, to “be conspicuous at all cost,” then told to “behave like others.” More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live. The world may be like this at times, but often it isn’t. To ask why this is so would be a far more useful project.

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-670-88146-5

Page Count: 430

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the...

NIGHT

Elie Wiesel spent his early years in a small Transylvanian town as one of four children. 

He was the only one of the family to survive what Francois Maurois, in his introduction, calls the "human holocaust" of the persecution of the Jews, which began with the restrictions, the singularization of the yellow star, the enclosure within the ghetto, and went on to the mass deportations to the ovens of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. There are unforgettable and horrifying scenes here in this spare and sombre memoir of this experience of the hanging of a child, of his first farewell with his father who leaves him an inheritance of a knife and a spoon, and of his last goodbye at Buchenwald his father's corpse is already cold let alone the long months of survival under unconscionable conditions. 

The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the sphere of suffering shared, and in this case extended to the death march itself, there is no spiritual or emotional legacy here to offset any reader reluctance.

Pub Date: Jan. 16, 2006

ISBN: 0374500010

Page Count: 120

Publisher: Hill & Wang

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2006

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