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  1. 1. <A Having trouble viewing this newsletter? Click Here Business and Personal Finance April 2009 "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), 32nd President of the United States New and Recently Released! Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World - by Liaquat Ahamed Publisher: Penguin Press Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 1/22/2009 ISBN-13: 9781594201820 ISBN-10: 159420182X Arriving just as the world-wide economy appears to be teetering on the brink of disaster, this "magisterial" (The New York Times) book focuses on the time just after World War I when the West's economies were suffering. Author Liaquat Ahamed, a hedge fund manager and Brookings Institution trustee, argues that the stock market crash of 1929 and the Depression that followed occurred as a result of poor decisions made by four powerful bankers--alarmingly, his inspiration for the book was a 1999 Time magazine cover on leading finance men Alan Greenspan, Robert Rubin, and Lawrence Summers. Now might be a good time to bone up on monetary policy... Table of Contents Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love - by Jonathan Fields Publisher: Broadway Books Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 1/13/2009 ISBN-13: 9780767927413 ISBN-10: 0767927419
  2. 2. Bored at work and looking to do something that makes you feel alive again? Or maybe you've recently been downsized out of a job that--if you're honest--you didn't love? This non-traditional career guide explains how you can transform your passion into a rewarding career that is not only personally satisfying but lucrative as well. Don't know what your passion is? Well, that's step one, and with all the helpful advice, resources, strategies, case studies and practical tools packed into Career Renegade, you'll know soon enough. "Motivational and practical," says Publishers Weekly. Table of Contents The Cure for Money Madness: Break Your Bad Money Habits, Live Without Financial Stress--and Make Money! - by Spencer Sherman Publisher: Broadway Books Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 2/3/2009 ISBN-13: 9780767928557 ISBN-10: 0767928555 Everybody knows that the messages you picked up in childhood don't always lead to effective behaviors as an adult, right? Financial advisor Spencer Sherman wants you to overcome these often destructive learned behaviors so that you can make good financial decisions. An inability to discuss money matters, an inability to curb spending, the panic you feel that no matter how much money you have it'll never be enough--these are some of the money madnesses that Sherman claims foster anxiety and prevent financial success. If you're interested in learning how to tackle bad habits and the emotions (like fear) that often provoke them, give this "thought-provoking" (Booklist) book a try. Table of Contents Stock market superstars : secrets of Canada's top stock pickers - Thompson, Bob Publisher: Insomniac Press Check Library Catalog ISBN-13: 9781897178676 Call Number: 332.60971 THO 2008 Thompson is an authority on alternative investing at Canaccord Capital, and writes for the National Post newspaper. Here he interviews twelve people he considers the greatest money managers in Canada. Other investors reading this may be able to learn from their strategies. Table of Contents Greater fool : the troubled future of real estate - Turner, Garth Publisher: Key Porter Books Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/17/2008 ISBN-13: 9781554701087 ISBN-10: 1554701082
  3. 3. This book, by veteran financial author Garth Turner, reviews the current Canadian real estate scene in the wake of the U.S. subprime crisis. He feels Canadians are putting too much of their assets and credit into their homes; that the ongoing housing price boom here can't last. Can a bust happen here? It makes sobering reading. Table of Contents Focus on: Ethics and Business The Power of Ethical Management - by Kenneth Blanchard and Norman Vincent Peale Publisher: William Morrow Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 2/1/1988 ISBN-13: 9780688070625 ISBN-10: 0688070620 Authors Kenneth Blanchard (The One Minute Manager) and Norman Vincent Peale (The Power of Positive Thinking) believe that a strong code of morality is the first step to success in business. To illustrate the importance of strong principles, they use parables to teach readers how to make decisions that are based in sound ethics. Starting with a thorny hiring dilemma, Blanchard and Peale walk readers through a three-question checklist and five priniciples of ethical power that, taken together, form a potent guide to ethical landmines. The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead - by David Callahan Publisher: Harcourt Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 1/1/2004 ISBN-13: 9780151010189 ISBN-10: 0151010188 Despite recent events, Bernie Madoff and guys like him aren't the only ones who cheat, as this terrifying book suggests--and backs up with research. From steroid use by professional athletes to parents who help their kids gain unfair advantages in the classroom, cheating and corruption are, according to public policy expert David Callahan, widespread in every aspect of American culture. He places the blame for all this cheating on a highly competitive economic climate and goes on to explain why an unfettered market and unprecedented economic inequities have eroded American values. But don't worry--he suggests some solutions, too. "Breathtaking," says the LA Times. First Chapter The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything - by Stephen M.R. Covey with Rebecca R. Merrill Publisher: Free Press Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/17/2006 ISBN-13: 9780743297301 ISBN-10: 074329730X You may recognize leadership guru Stephen M.R. Covey's name from his work with Franklin Covey, or as the son of a similarly named author (Stephen R. Covey, who wrote The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People). In his first book, Covey explains how the concept of trust is key for personal and organizational success. He believes that there are "Five Waves of Trust" that build upon each other and which start with self-trust; he also details the 13 behaviors that leaders who inspire trust display, such as demonstrating respect and delivering results. Personal stories and the organizational structure of the book make it an easy read for those of you curious about how improving issues of trust can lead to improved results.
  4. 4. First Chapter Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America - by Arianna Huffington Publisher: Three Rivers Press Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 1/1/2004 ISBN-13: 9781400051267 ISBN-10: 1400051266 Political commentator Arianna Huffington takes a rather dim view of what she sees as collusion between the greedy villains that run corporate and political America. That's putting it mildly. In Pigs at the Trough, which was first published in 2003, Huffington uses so many real-life examples of crooked business practices, questionable bookkeeping practices, and villainous business leaders--and the political system that supports them--that Booklist calls this a "scathing indictment." She also describes the consequences of corporate greed and political shenanigans, and suggests reforms as she asks her readers to "join forces to storm the control room of the S.S. America." First Chapter The Power of Nice: Eight Ways to Kill the Business World with Kindness - by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval; foreword by Jay Leno Publisher: Doubleday Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 9/26/2006 ISBN-13: 9780385518925 ISBN-10: 0385518927 While it's true that being nice and being unethical are not mutually exclusive, it's also true that treating people properly involves both strong ethics and a desire to play (or compete) nicely. Sometimes it comes down to the same thing--treating others with respect. In this spirited, practical book, the authors explain how to build a successful business and career through kindness, trust, and fair play. Their real-life examples, which come from their own successful careers, effectively demonstrate such benefits of being nice as lower recruitment costs, higher productivity, and lower employee turnover. First Chapter Table of Contents Contact your librarian for more great books! 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