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Markets Never Forget (But People Do): How Your Memory Is Costing You Money-and Why This Time Isn't Different
Markets Never Forget (But People Do): How Your Memory Is Costing You Money-and Why This Time Isn't Different
by Ken Fisher
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.76
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Things to Remember, January 8, 2012
This is a really good book that absolutely nails some key things that investors should remember (but seldom do): Events are rarely unprecedented. People often over-react to the noise on CNBC and the other business media and fail to consider historical precedent. Over time, it has paid to invest in the market and it has not paid to jump in and out. The authors also point out the flaws in some commonly reported statistics.

If there is one thing that I question in the authors' analysis (and this would not surprise them), it is their nonchalance regarding debt. The debt that has exploded in the last three years is -- in my view anyway -- truly unprecedented, and the demographic trends we are facing (an aging population more dependent on government programs) do not bode well. The only reason the debt is remotely manageable are current low interest rates caused by Fed manipulation -- something that cannot last forever. When those rates increase, debt service will become more and more problematic.

The authors would probably disagree, and, frankly, I hope they are right and I am wrong. Still, the overall message of the book that things tend to work out over time and that we somehow muddle through is encouraging and has been historically valid. Let's hope we do it again.
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Financial Reckoning Day Fallout: Surviving Today's Global Depression
Financial Reckoning Day Fallout: Surviving Today's Global Depression
by William Bonner
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $23.98
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title and No Point, February 23, 2011
Deacm's review pretty much covers it. This excruciatingly long book has some interesting stories, but meanders from topic to topic much like a drunk in search of a new bar (the authors like to make statements like this). Basically, the book argues that fiat currency never works; that Allen Greenspan did nothing other than create the greatest bubble in history; that financial collapse is inevitable; that gold is a good idea, but it's probably too late at this point to do anything.

As far as "surviving" goes, there is nothing here. Nothing at all. That is why the title is so misleading. There are lots of books that argue the same basic point. Peter Schiff and Bud Conrad come to mind. At least they have some ideas about what to do.

This book is in desperate need of good pruning, but the best decision, in my opinion, is not to waste your money (even if your dollars are not worth very much!).


The Step-by-Step Guide to Self-Publishing for Profit!: Start Your Own Home-Based Publishing Company and Publish Your Non-Fiction Book with CreateSpace and Amazon
The Step-by-Step Guide to Self-Publishing for Profit!: Start Your Own Home-Based Publishing Company and Publish Your Non-Fiction Book with CreateSpace and Amazon
by C. Pinheiro
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.95
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Book, April 3, 2010
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As an author involved in self-publishing, I have purchased and read several books on the subject. This book is the best I have found so far. It is up-to-date, well-organized, well written and provides a ton of useful information. I would strongly recommend it, and I rarely give 5 star ratings. If you are looking for a place to start or to buy only one book, this is the one I would suggest.

I looked at the lead negative review, and I'm not sure that person and I am living in the same universe. Perhaps he received a copy that for some reason had printing errors. Nevertheless, I disagree strongly with the negative comments. And no, I was not asked to review the book, I do not know Ms. Pinheiro, and I found and bought the book on Amazon.

The only word of warning I would offer is that the book is written for those interested in publishing non-fiction books. Although authors of works of fiction would probably find the book somewhat useful, it is aimed for those looking to publish non-fiction.


I'm on LinkedIn -- Now What???: A Guide to Getting the Most OUT of LinkedIn
I'm on LinkedIn -- Now What???: A Guide to Getting the Most OUT of LinkedIn
by Jason Alba
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful guide for new users, April 18, 2008
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This is a well written short book that gives a great overview of LinkeIn. It was helpful to me as a new user. I finished it in about an hour and leaned a lot of useful information.


The Successful Lawyer: Powerful Strategies for Transforming Your Practice
The Successful Lawyer: Powerful Strategies for Transforming Your Practice
by Gerald A. Riskin
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource, December 1, 2007
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This book helps you identify the strenghts and weaknesses in your practice and business development efforts. It is not a "how to" book or list of "ABCs" about business development. Riskin leads you through a process that requires work on your part. He understands that no one knows your practice and what you want to achieve better than you. If you keep the journal and answer the questions Riskin poses, it will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. Riskin also offers a lot of practical advice about how to address your weaknesses and move forward. It is very readable, but you get the most out of it by following the process.


German For Dummies
German For Dummies
by Paulina Christensen
Edition: Paperback
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful guide, February 18, 2003
This review is from: German For Dummies (Paperback)
I am taking a German class at the Goethe Institute and was a little disappointed by the materials, which seem rather unorganized. This book is well organized, lays it out clearly and is a useful guide. I have read the other reviews, which are pretty negative, and, quite frankly, I just don't get it. This is a good book.


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