A serviceable blend of rah-rah life coaching and love song to the dollar.
There’s really only one law of money, namely this: Income must exceed outgo. Wise, the former CEO of goodLife Companies, “an Austin-based real estate company devoted to five-star customer service,” spins variations on any number of themes in this how-to personal finance book but none so directly as that commandment. Urging that her readers—presumably, young women just setting out in life, though “5 percenters” bent on speeding up their “velocity towards financial independence” are welcome, too—embrace the vision of a “lifetime love affair with money,” the author serves up the usual stuff: If you want to be rich, have faith (in money and in the natural justice that comes from some people being rich and some poor, but in the big banker up in the clouds, too), visualize success, maintain a budget, make sound investments, etc. The cheerleading is mostly platitudinous and unsurprising (“The best thing I’ve done for myself is to forgive myself…I’ve learned that it’s possible to be ambitious, passionate, happy, and imperfect all at the same time”), and the practical information will be quite obvious to readers with even a small amount of financial sense: “Divide each of your annual budget numbers by twelve to calculate a monthly amount.” “Set business and career goals that correlate to generating your desired income.” And so forth. For readers without that pre-existing modicum of financial savvy, Wise’s book is potentially useful, especially its filling-in-the-blanks worksheets, including a monthly and quarterly checklist and an interest compounding table to calculate money required for retirement. In a crowded market, though, there are many better books.
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").
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)