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Starting Over: Why the Last Decade Was so Damn Rotten and Why the Next One Will Surely Be Better Hardcover – January 26, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Time (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603201602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603201605
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,646,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andy Serwer is the managing editor of FORTUNE, a global leader in business journalism, known for its unrivalled access to industry leaders and has a worldwide circulation of over one million.

In addition to covering Wall Street, investing, information technology, and entertainment for the magazine, Serwer's work has ranged from his provocative column in every issue to major cover stories on everything from the young Michael Dell to Michael Price ("The Toughest S.O.B. on Wall Street") to the first look inside the financial and philanthropic workings of America's richest family, the Waltons.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Travis M. Teague on January 16, 2010
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This is certainly more of a pamphlet or long magazine article than a book. It was delivered an hour ago and have now read the entire thing.

Because it is such a quick read the information obtained from it likely seem like nothing more than the reader already knows. There is no real substance or insight to come out of this book. There are no revelations or substantive arguments. Something which covers the biggest events of a decade in such a quick manner can not hope to provide much in the way of depth.

That being said, the last chapter does inspire a sense of hope that the next decade will be better. That is one of the reasons I bought this book and why I will at least give it an extra star.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on February 26, 2010
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Starting Over is really an essay or an article, rather than a book, and if read in that light is a truly satisfying read. The author touches on the major headlines of the past decade and makes some keen observations regarding some of the mistakes in thinking that lead to some of the darkest moments of the decade. The book is an overview of some enormous topics, never pretending to be a detailed analysis of an era, and it completely succeeds in its mission of being an enjoyable, forward thinking and thought provoking read.
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I read the original magazine article that was well written and full of nice pictures. I thought the book based off the article would be a much more in-depth, picture filled expose based off the original article. Instead it is almost the same article in a tiny black and white book with a few poor quality pictures that you can read in about an hour tops. It reads like an entry level college student's essay. I was disappointed.
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Starting Over: Why The Last Decade Was So Damn Rotten and Why the Next one Will Surely Be Better.

The title says what most American's have been thinking, or at least, I think so. Personally, I think so. We had the "Baby Boomers", the "80's", the "70's",and etc but no one has named the decade of the "00's".

The Decade From hell, or the Reckoning, or the Decade of Broken Dreams, or the Lost Decade, they all seem more than appropriate.

I believe the author hit the nail on the head with the above statement. This little book opens with the big headlines of each year, 2000 - 2009. I found myself shaking my head as the news brought back memories of that time in my life - and hardly any of it was good! A Presidential Election that has to be determined by the Supreme Court, murders, Saddam Hussein, Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, the list goes on and on ending with last years highest unemployment rate in ages, not to mention some of the biggest corporations claiming bankruptcy. Of course we want the next decade to be better!

STARTING OVER then goes into who is to blame? Basically ourselves. We live with rose colored glasses on. We see what we want to see and what will affect us, we don't live outside of the box. American's want to "live the dream". "Why do what we can put off until the first decade of the 21st century?" The book covers a lot of material in such a small book. It's not my usual book to pick up and read, but when I did, I didn't put it down until I was finished with it. It's optimistic as well as highlights points we can go forward with and hopefully improve within the next decade. Andy Server does an amazing job of showing us tragic events but what we can do to bounce back. It's very easy reading that will speak to you.
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By First Rater on June 14, 2010
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This is a very superficial "book." Actually, it isn't a book but rather a magazine article packaged and sold as a book. It wasn't worth the money spent on it. I am certain that the theme of the book will also be dead wrong: "Why the next one (decade) will surely be better."
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