A debut guidebook for corporate decision-makers seeking to increase the efficiency of their workers’ compensation programs.

Using a comprehensive approach, the author, an insurance professional, looks at how executives can cut their insurance costs by addressing a wide range of factors, including risk factor calculations and employee relationships. The book offers a blend of overviews, examples and case studies to reinforce the author’s money-saving advice. He repeatedly encourages executives to account for indirect costs—such as lower productivity, administrative expenses and employee training—that often dwarf a company’s total insurance and settlement payments. To reduce costs at all levels, the author recommends that companies focus on four key moments: before hiring a new employee, after making an offer of employment, before problems arise and after the employee files a workers’ compensation claim. The book encourages companies to hire ethical employees and provide them with the training they need to do their jobs safely and to reduce expensive processing errors by maintaining active relationships with insurance providers and ensuring that all information is accurate and current. The author also includes other industry professionals’ perspectives from article reprints and original interviews. Although the book provides apparently solid information, it sometimes feels like a sales pitch, as it contains frequent references to metrics and services provided by the author’s company and an offer, displayed prominently on the cover, of a free consultation with purchase. Readers also have to accept certain style quirks—particularly the use of unnecessary quotation marks (“if you have gone through a ‘risk survey’ ”; “to the best of ‘his’ knowledge”; “using a ‘best guess’ ”). Overall, however, the book conveys a large amount of information in a compact text, and professionals will likely find it useful. A solid overview of techniques that can help companies save money on workers’ compensation and related expenses.


Pub Date: Oct. 22, 2013

ISBN: 978-0989015004

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Opportunity Press

Review Posted Online: July 7, 2013

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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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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



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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