A professionally packaged, well-written guide for people involved in financial decisions.


The Decision-Maker's Guide to Long-Term Financing


A handy, deskside reference on various types of corporate financing.

Long-term financing can have enormous implications in the business world, yet many entrepreneurs and business managers without financial backgrounds are likely to be ignorant of it. Debut author Ohle, head of her own financial advisory firm, offers a thorough introduction to three key forms: equity, debt, and subordinate financing. The book begins by demonstrating by example “how various financial instruments can come together to produce a beneficial outcome.” This sets the stage for definitional text that explains in concise terms the meanings of everything from “balance sheet” to “Initial Public Offering.” It discusses the three main long-term financing areas in considerable detail and in separate chapters; one chapter, for example, covers stages of equity financing, the differences between common shares and preferred shares, strategic investors and financial investors, and private placement and public offering. It also covers shareholder agreements, exit alternatives, funding arrangements, valuation, and more. Managers looking for a practical road map will find the closing chapter, “Mechanics of a Financing Transaction,” to be particularly beneficial; it provides advice about what “financing routes to pursue” and how to structure an effective presentation for an investment or lending opportunity. Ohle effectively augments the text with a number of case studies, drawn from her own experience, that illustrate various financial transactions. Definitions and “insider tips” pepper the text, and charts abound; appendices contain helpful checklists and references. Although some of the content is occasionally technical, such as a detailed statistical explanation of “return calculations,” the book is blissfully brief, mostly streamlining a complex topic and rendering it comprehensible. Overall, this authoritative, handsome book should be a valuable financial reference for any business manager.

A professionally packaged, well-written guide for people involved in financial decisions. 

Pub Date: May 16, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9936840-0-5

Page Count: 120

Publisher: Twig Energy Incorporated

Review Posted Online: Aug. 12, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2015

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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.


New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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With this detailed, versatile cookbook, readers can finally make Momofuku Milk Bar’s inventive, decadent desserts at home, or see what they’ve been missing.

In this successor to the Momofuku cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar’s pastry chef hands over the keys to the restaurant group’s snack-food–based treats, which have had people lining up outside the door of the Manhattan bakery since it opened. The James Beard Award–nominated Tosi spares no detail, providing origin stories for her popular cookies, pies and ice-cream flavors. The recipes are meticulously outlined, with added tips on how to experiment with their format. After “understanding how we laid out this cookbook…you will be one of us,” writes the author. Still, it’s a bit more sophisticated than the typical Betty Crocker fare. In addition to a healthy stock of pretzels, cornflakes and, of course, milk powder, some recipes require readers to have feuilletine and citric acid handy, to perfect the art of quenelling. Acolytes should invest in a scale, thanks to Tosi’s preference of grams (“freedom measurements,” as the friendlier cups and spoons are called, are provided, but heavily frowned upon)—though it’s hard to be too pretentious when one of your main ingredients is Fruity Pebbles. A refreshing, youthful cookbook that will have readers happily indulging in a rising pastry-chef star’s widely appealing treats.    


Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-307-72049-8

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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