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  • 1. <A Having trouble viewing this newsletter? Click Here Business and Personal Finance June 2009 "Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894), American physician New and Recently Released! Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America - by Julia Angwin Publisher: Random House Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/17/2009 ISBN-13: 9781400066940 ISBN-10: 1400066948 Like many great enterprises, social-networking giant MySpace started small--it was also underfunded and not exactly up to par technologically. But from its shaky beginnings it rose to become one of the most popular destinations on the Internet. Exactly how the founders--two marketing executives who once sold wrinkle cream online--started a site that was eventually bought for $600 million by Rupert Murdoch is, if not the stuff of legends, then at least, as seen in Stealing MySpace, "entertaining and drama-filled" (Publishers Weekly). First Chapter Table of Contents The 100 best business books of all time : what they say, why they matter, and how they can help you - Covert, Jack Publisher: Portfolio Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/05/2009
  • 2. ISBN-13: 9781591842408 ISBN-10: 1591842409 Profiles one hundred business books identified by the authors as the most valuable for today's busy professionals, in a reference that is complemented by informative sidebars that recommend movies, novels, and children's books that can impart insights comparable to the lessons in the profiled business books. Table of Contents The 21st Century Economy: A Beginner's Guide: With 101 Easy-to- Learn Tools for Surviving and Thriving in the New Global Marketplace - by Randy Charles Epping Publisher: Vintage Books Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/07/2009 ISBN-13: 9780307387905 ISBN-10: 0307387909 This comprehensive beginner's guide to understanding the global economy defines key ideas and commonly used words and phrases (such as carbon footprint, WTO, economies of scale, NAFTA, and more) to explain the rapidly changing way business is done in the 21st century. The author also pays close attention to the terms we've all been hearing more and more often over the past year, such as credit default swap and subprime debt. Between the glossary, the topically organized chapters, and the accessible explanations, you'll soon be reading the business page with ease. First Chapter Financially Ever After: The Couples' Guide to Managing Money - by Jeff D. Opdyke Publisher: Collins Business Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/01/2009 ISBN-13: 9780061358180 ISBN-10: 0061358185
  • 3. Ok, so you've said "I do." Now what? How do you go from being responsible for only your own financial needs to sharing those responsibilities--and needs--with another person? Whether you've just tied the knot or have been married for a while and are still struggling with sharing finances, you'll find a lot of practical advice in Financially Ever After. From the sorts of questions you should ask your partner to plans that divide financial chores, Jeff Opdyke, the long-time "Love & Money" columnist for the Wall Street Journal, handles it all in a "sensitive and sensible manual" (Publishers Weekly). Your Call Is (not that) Important to Us: Customer Service and What It Reveals about Our World and Our Lives - by Emily Yellin Publisher: Free Press Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/24/2009 ISBN-13: 9781416546894 ISBN-10: 1416546898 If you've ever had a frustrating conversation with a customer service representative, you might enjoy this look at what goes on in the often dysfunctional world of customer service. Having identified a trend towards poor-quality call centers, author Emily Yellin assesses such topics as endless pre-recorded menus and representatives who do not speak the same language as their customers. Happily, she also focuses on the efforts of consumer advocates and gives examples of companies (like FedEx) who have put a great deal of effort into effective customer service. First Chapter Table of Contents Focus on: Current Events The Great Depression Ahead: How to Prosper in the Crash Following the Greatest Boom in History - by Harry S. Dent Publisher: Free Press Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/06/2009 ISBN-13: 9781416588986 ISBN-10: 1416588981 Though his work has provoked considerable disagreement, economist Harry Dent has predicted a major depression that will last a decade or more, based on current troubles (and problems yet to come) in the stock, housing, and commodities markets. Let's hope he's wrong, but if you're looking for suggestions on how to survive with your finances intact, try The Great Depression Ahead for Dent's
  • 4. advice, which includes investment and portfolio allocation strategies. In addition, Dent discusses the future of the U.S. housing market and the current growth in Asia. First Chapter Table of Contents It's Not about the Money: Unlock Your Money Type to Achieve Spiritual and Financial Abundance - by Brent Kessel Publisher: HarperOne Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/01/2008 ISBN-13: 9780061234064 ISBN-10: 0061234060 Sometimes it seems like everywhere you look there's another book aimed at helping you get your finances in order. That's not a bad thing--but how do you pick among them? For those with a Zen- oriented mindset, this one combines modern financial expertise with Buddhist-influenced philosophy. The author (head of a respected wealth management firm) first wants you to figure out your emotional attachment to money (what's your greatest fear?) before identifying with one of eight financial "types" (empire builder, pleasure seeker, and so on). Ultimately, he argues, once you have become more conscious about what you want, you'll be able to achieve greater monetary security--whatever that means for you. First Chapter Table of Contents Tax-Free Savings Accounts - Pape, Gordon Publisher: Penguin Canada Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 2009 ISBN-13: 9780143171966 ISBN-10: 0143171968 Find out how you can make the most of this new Canadian government aid to saving. Gordon Pape is one of Canada's best known investment authors. Table of Contents An Insider's Guide to Refinancing Your Mortgage: Money-Saving Secrets You Need to Know - by David Reed Publisher: AMACOM Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/15/2008 ISBN-13: 9780814409350 ISBN-10: 0814409350 With interest rates as low as they are, you may be thinking of refinancing. But before you take that step, you need to decide if it's the right thing for you to do. In addition to exploring the different reasons why refinancing might (or might not) be a good option for you, mortgage broker David Reed also provides a mathematical model on which to base your own calculations, and gives advice on getting rate quotes and finding the best lender for your needs. If you're looking for a basic handbook that will walk you through the refinancing process, give this insider's guide a try.
  • 5. Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life - by Robert B. Reich Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/04/2007 ISBN-13: 9780307265616 ISBN-10: 0307265617 According to public policy professor Robert B. Reich, the competitive nature of capitalism has led not only to a big economic pie but also to widening payroll inequalities, job insecurity, and even global warming as corporations cut corners to stay competitive. Reich argues that rather than fight human nature by trying to restrain greed or the desire to save a buck, the solution is to adjust tax and environmental laws. The problem, he says, lies in individuals, who went from being citizens to being consumers; fixing that requires both a desire within the population and at the governmental level. This provocative book is "engaging and insightful" (Harvard Business Review). First Chapter Table of Contents The World Is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy - by David M. Smick Publisher: Portfolio Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/04/2008 ISBN-13: 9781591842187 ISBN-10: 1591842182 Having borrowed his title from Thomas Friedman's optimistic bestseller, The World is Flat, financial consultant David Smick goes on to argue that globalization has created a world in which financial uncertainties lie just over the horizon--close by, but invisible and unpredictable. By starting with an examination of the subprime mortgage crisis, Smick is then able to explain the economic problems behind this and other financial issues of the past two years; he then identifies threats to global prosperity, such as a lack of investor confidence. As Forbes magazine says, his is a "well-timed and lucid tour of the global economy." Table of Contents Content of Article Unsubscribe | Forward to a friend | Update settings | View HTML newsletter <A also visit the Good Reads page on the library website for more reading ideas, or the Literature & Books page for articles about books and authors... If you are having trouble unsubscribing to this newsletter, please contact the Surrey Public Library at 604-598-7309, Surrey, BC Canada © 2009 EBSCO Publishing, Powered by The Title Source TM