Bookshelf: October 11, 2013

Tip and the Gipper

By Chris Matthews (October 11, 2013) "Tip and the Gipper is a magnificent personal history of a time when two great political opponents served together for the benefit of the country. Chris Matthews was an eyewitness to this story as a top aide to Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, who waged a principled war of political ideals with President Reagan from 1980 to 1986. Together, the two men forged compromises that shaped America's future and became one of history's most celebrated political pairings--the epitome of how ideological opposites can get things done. Together, the two leaders fought over the major issues of the day--welfare, taxes, covert military operations, and Social Security--but found their way to agreements that reformed taxes, saved Social Security, and achieved their common cause of bringing peace to Northern Ireland. O'Neill's quiet behind-the-scenes support helped Reagan forge his historic Cold War–ending bond with Mikhail Gor­bachev. They each won some and lost some, and through it all they maintained respect for each other's positions and worked to advance the country rather than obstruct progress. As Matthews notes, "There is more than one sort of heroic behavior, and they don't all look the same." Tip and the Gipper is the story of the kind of heroism we need today." (Simon & Schuster)


The Entrepreneur Equation

By Carol Roth (October 11, 2013) "It's time to drop the rose-colored glasses and face the facts: most new businesses fail, with often devastating consequences for the would-be entrepreneur. The Entrepreneur Equation helps you do the math before you set down the entrepreneurial path so that you can answer more than just "Could I be an entrepreneur?" but rather "Should I be an entrepreneur?" By understanding what it takes to build a valuable business as well as how to assess the risks and rewards of business ownership based on your personal circumstances, you can learn how to stack the odds of success in your favor and ultimately decide if business ownership is the best possible path for you, now or ever. Through illustrative examples and personalized exercises, tell-it-like-it-is Carol Roth helps you create and evaluate your own personal Entrepreneur Equation as you:

  • Learn what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in today's competitive environment.
  • Save money, time and effort by avoiding business ownership when the time isn't right for you.
  • Identify and evaluate the risks and rewards of a new business based on your goals and circumstances.
  • Evaluate whether your dreams are best served by a hobby, job or business.
  • Gain the tools that you need to maximize your business success.

The Entrepreneur Equation is essential reading for the aspiring entrepreneur. Before you invest your life savings, invest in this book!" (Benbella Books)


The Untold History of the United States

By Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick (October 11, 2013) "In this riveting companion to their astonishing documentary series, which the Washington Post declared is "grounded in indisputable fact," Academy Award–winning director Oliver Stone and renowned historian Peter Kuznick challenge prevailing orthodoxies to reveal the dark truth about the rise and fall of American imperialism." (Simon & Schuster)