This engaging book looks at aspects of living large that are likely familiar to the wealthy, but it also offers a peek at...

How to Live Rich!

A GUIDE TO A GREAT LIFESTYLE

A self-made multimillionaire shares advice for living in this debut guide.

Being rich and living rich are not necessarily the same thing, writes Bentley, who claims to have founded and sold an unnamed technology company for more than $20 million. This guide, however, may be just as practical for millionaires as it is for those who want to “think like a millionaire (even if you are not one yet).” For both groups, the book boasts common-sense advice about such financial vehicles as credit cards, mortgages, and life insurance. The author’s counsel is nothing if not blunt: “You need two credit cards, no more. One to use and one as a backup in case your first card is declined.” His words about friendship also ring true: “for every friend who is happy with your success, there may be another who is jealous and shows it.” Much of the advice he gives will be practical for anyone, regardless of income. But some chapters, such as “Why a Second Home is Almost Free,” “The Best Island Hotels,” and “Wheels Up! How to Charter a Jet,” are appropriate only for the very rich, as they assume an affluent lifestyle to which many can only aspire. (The chapter “Ten Good Things You Can Do With Your Money,” however, suggests that there are greater aspirations in life than spending a fortune all on oneself.) If the affluent are indeed the book’s primary audience, it’s hard to believe they wouldn’t already be aware of most of the content here. Still, readers who dream big may be interested to know what it’s like to charter a yacht or collect expensive cars. Although this book reveals no remarkable secrets, it’s still a breezy read, with short chapters written in clear language.

This engaging book looks at aspects of living large that are likely familiar to the wealthy, but it also offers a peek at the millionaire’s lifestyle for those with a vicarious interest.

Pub Date: Jan. 20, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5236-1925-2

Page Count: 140

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: June 16, 2016

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Occasionally wonky but overall a good case for how the dismal science can make the world less—well, dismal.

GOOD ECONOMICS FOR HARD TIMES

“Quality of life means more than just consumption”: Two MIT economists urge that a smarter, more politically aware economics be brought to bear on social issues.

It’s no secret, write Banerjee and Duflo (co-authors: Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way To Fight Global Poverty, 2011), that “we seem to have fallen on hard times.” Immigration, trade, inequality, and taxation problems present themselves daily, and they seem to be intractable. Economics can be put to use in figuring out these big-issue questions. Data can be adduced, for example, to answer the question of whether immigration tends to suppress wages. The answer: “There is no evidence low-skilled migration to rich countries drives wage and employment down for the natives.” In fact, it opens up opportunities for those natives by freeing them to look for better work. The problem becomes thornier when it comes to the matter of free trade; as the authors observe, “left-behind people live in left-behind places,” which explains why regional poverty descended on Appalachia when so many manufacturing jobs left for China in the age of globalism, leaving behind not just left-behind people but also people ripe for exploitation by nationalist politicians. The authors add, interestingly, that the same thing occurred in parts of Germany, Spain, and Norway that fell victim to the “China shock.” In what they call a “slightly technical aside,” they build a case for addressing trade issues not with trade wars but with consumption taxes: “It makes no sense to ask agricultural workers to lose their jobs just so steelworkers can keep theirs, which is what tariffs accomplish.” Policymakers might want to consider such counsel, especially when it is coupled with the observation that free trade benefits workers in poor countries but punishes workers in rich ones.

Occasionally wonky but overall a good case for how the dismal science can make the world less—well, dismal.

Pub Date: Nov. 12, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-61039-950-0

Page Count: 432

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Review Posted Online: Aug. 29, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2019

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A timely, vividly realized reminder to slow down and harness the restorative wonders of serenity.

STILLNESS IS THE KEY

An exploration of the importance of clarity through calmness in an increasingly fast-paced world.

Austin-based speaker and strategist Holiday (Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, 2018, etc.) believes in downshifting one’s life and activities in order to fully grasp the wonder of stillness. He bolsters this theory with a wide array of perspectives—some based on ancient wisdom (one of the author’s specialties), others more modern—all with the intent to direct readers toward the essential importance of stillness and its “attainable path to enlightenment and excellence, greatness and happiness, performance as well as presence.” Readers will be encouraged by Holiday’s insistence that his methods are within anyone’s grasp. He acknowledges that this rare and coveted calm is already inside each of us, but it’s been worn down by the hustle of busy lives and distractions. Recognizing that this goal requires immense personal discipline, the author draws on the representational histories of John F. Kennedy, Buddha, Tiger Woods, Fred Rogers, Leonardo da Vinci, and many other creative thinkers and scholarly, scientific texts. These examples demonstrate how others have evolved past the noise of modern life and into the solitude of productive thought and cleansing tranquility. Holiday splits his accessible, empowering, and sporadically meandering narrative into a three-part “timeless trinity of mind, body, soul—the head, the heart, the human body.” He juxtaposes Stoic philosopher Seneca’s internal reflection and wisdom against Donald Trump’s egocentric existence, with much of his time spent “in his bathrobe, ranting about the news.” Holiday stresses that while contemporary life is filled with a dizzying variety of “competing priorities and beliefs,” the frenzy can be quelled and serenity maintained through a deliberative calming of the mind and body. The author shows how “stillness is what aims the arrow,” fostering focus, internal harmony, and the kind of holistic self-examination necessary for optimal contentment and mind-body centeredness. Throughout the narrative, he promotes that concept mindfully and convincingly.

A timely, vividly realized reminder to slow down and harness the restorative wonders of serenity.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-525-53858-5

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Portfolio

Review Posted Online: July 21, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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