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Review by deedragongirl posted 27 days ago
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I love this book cover.
Hi everyone, I had finally read Paulo Cuelho's bestselling novel, The Alchemist and here is my review on the popular novel.

The Story

While reading the novel, I did not quite understand the story and it was not until the second half of the story that I managed to understand. It telling us to follow our dreams if a person desires for it!

The Characters

Santiago (or the Boy in this story) is a very likable character because he manage to understand what the Alchemist is telling despite being relatively young, he is my favourite character out of the novel!
The other characters like the Englishman and just to name a few are very ambiguous, if you ask me.

Is It Worth Reading?

Yes, I highly recommend this book for those who have not read it yet!
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Opinion by zanhar1 posted 2 months ago
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Last year I put together a list of books that I read coupled with my opinions on them, using my reviews from good reads. I decided to keep it going.

Avatar: The Last Airbender (Smoke and Shadow #3)


I got to read this one like way back in March thanks to tumblr lol. But I decided to wait until I actually got a physical copy to review it on here.

Any how 10/10 *was satisfied with the amount of Azula*
As always, I really enjoyed the comic as a whole, I really liked this story line. The whole fear based theme and the Kemurikage were wonderful. I'd really love to know more about those ladies.

Life Is But A Dream

This book wasn't exactly what I expected it to be, but it still earned 5 stars for sure. Part of the reason I adore it so much is because it really spoke to me; in some ways I could see a lot of myself in Sabrina. I could see myself in her in the way that she had her own little world that she liked to escape into; "I don't care I say to my parents I like the world in my dreams, it's a happier place here." The line "Puberty flicked a switch in side of them and dreams were...
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted 5 months ago
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Actor Daniel Radcliffe
I'm excited to be reporting this tid bit of book news to my Fanpop.com readers!

If you remember, earlier this year, I reviewed a new book titled 'The Vampire Game: Discovery' written by hunky first-time author Les Bailey--which I absolutely adored! (I've read the book 3 times now!)

Well, I now get to report that there is a great possibility that the novel in question will be developed into a major movie!

According to several movie news outlets, the unique vampire tale has generated loads of interest among some of Hollywood's most influential filmmakers--and I can see why.

As I first reported back when the book debuted, The Vampire Game is not only one of the finest tales of the undead in my recent memory--it has brought me back to the vampire genre, which was growing stale for me.

And another exciting piece of news regarding a possible film, the producers want to offer the lead role to my very favorite actor in the world--Daniel Radcliffe.
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted 6 months ago
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'Losing to Win' author Randy Jernigan has put rumors to rest, coming out as gay on a Christian talk radio program this week.

The celebrity biographer opened up to close friend and talk show host Stephen Seares about his "life-long burden" in a very emotional interview on the early Sunday morning show.

Jernigan was asked to appear on the show to talk about politics and his support of Hillary Clinton when Seares questions turned personal.

"yes I'm gay..,and I've carried this secret with me all my life and I just can't do it anymore," Jernigan explained to the conservative radio audience. "It's a hard thing to go through life with such a heavy burden on your shoulders and having no one to talk to about it. There's still such a stigma in the Christian world when it comes to being gay. I was always so afraid I'd lose all my friends and even some of my family, I believe Jesus calls us to live genuine lives--well, here's the real me," said the author.
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted 8 months ago
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Family Secrets of The British Royal Family
Celebrity biographer Randy Jernigan's "Family Secrets" gets an official release date of May of 2017.

Jernigan, who recently published The Life and Career of Marie Osmond and is set to release a biography on Ellen DeGeneres, says he's always been an admirer of Queen Elizabeth and the rest of her family, and has always wanted to take a serious look at the British Monarch in a book.

"I think Queen Elizabeth is a great lady with a huge heart, especially when it comes to her family and her people," says Jernigan. "I've been collecting information on "the family" for years in hopes that one day I'd have the opportunity to write an in depth, honest piece about them so I'm happy the chance has finally presented itself."

Jernigan, best known for his probing and aggressive interview style, says the book will be an honest look at the business of being royal, and even share "some new secrets" from some very solid royal sources that, at one point, worked for the Queen."
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted 8 months ago
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Author and filmmaker Arianna Eisenberg
Filmmaker turned children's book author Arianna Eisenberg has reportedly secured funds from film investors and plans to adapt her popular children's book into a major film.

The successful Hollywood movie maker, who moonlights writing child to teen fantasy fiction, released her first full-length book in August 2014 titled 'Jemiyah Jones and the Kingdom of Nir.' The Kindle release quickly won Amazon’s “Breakthrough Novel Award” and soon fans of the book began clamoring for a movie.

“I love strong female characters and Jemiyah certainly fits into that category,” says the author. “I was interested in telling the tale of an everyday English schoolgirl with a rather amazing back story—that of warrior queen. The fact that Jemiyah has grown up unaware of her lineage makes for a rather compelling story line to unfold,” explained Eisenberg on her amazon.com author's page.

According the the Aegis Film Groups Facebook page, Michael Schroeder has been attached to the project as the film's director, with composer Sharon Farber for music and soundtrack. Ned Dowd and Tim Moore will produce the feature.
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted 8 months ago
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The Vampire Game; Discovery
As promised last year, author Les Bailey has released his initial literary offing, The Vampire Game: Discovery, in paperback.

First published solely through Kindle Books, the story hit the ground running, causing quite the stir in literary and social media circles. Fanpop.com contributor, known only as Fanmaven2015, (our boss!) had this to say about Bailey's story:

“This debut novel is not only one of the finest tales of the undead in my recent memory, it has brought me back to the vampire genre which was growing stale for me, sadly. Thank you, Mr. Bailey.”

Fanmaven goes on the say, “Passionate and meticulous in its delivery, the author's prose feeds us tantalizing hints of things to come in his story. In my humble opinion this literary offering excels in depth of character, in beautiful language and a unique storyline that made this tale a must re-read,” the writer gushed.

Bailey is a former student of Randy Jernigan's The Writers Studio located in Utah. Randy had this to say about Bailey's book:
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted 8 months ago
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Stars That Make A Difference: Ellen
After his success with 'The Life and Career of Marie Osmond,' fan book series author Randy Jernigan has wasted no time in moving on to the next super-star to be brought to life in the series. the one and only Ellen DeGeneres!

New Ellen Bio
"I've always been an admirer of Ellen's work, not just as a talk show host and comedian, but as a person too," says Jernigan of his next subject. "Ellen does a lot of wonderful things for people on the show as well as in her personal life that most people never hear about. She's an inspiration to a lot of people out there, especially the LGBT community, so I'm excited to be featuring her in this fan book series."

Known as the dancing comedian, Ellen DeGeneres has become a beloved television icon and entertainment pioneer. Ellen's distinctive comic voice resonates with audiences from her stand-up comedy routines, in television and film, and even in the literary world.

'Stars That Make A Difference: Ellen DeGeneres' is expected to chronicle Ellen's early childhood years, little known details of her private life, as well as her long career as a comedian and television host and more.
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List by deedragongirl posted 9 months ago
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1940's USA?
Okay, so there are a few books that are waiting for me to read, I will also include the ones that I want to read.

1) To Kill a Mockingbird

Sadly I did not manage to finish it as I read this book 10 years ago, since I got its sequel, I will definitely pick it up again.

2) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire & Mockingjay

I had read the first book already, I am planning to watch the movie soon.

3) Go Set a Watchman

Yeap, the sequel of To Kill a Mockingbird, however I have been hearing that this book has been causing controversy. Guess I have to read the book first to find out!

4) The Divergent Trilogy

To be honest, I am not really sure whether this trilogy is better than the Maze Runners. But I will give it a shot in the near future.

5) The Three Musketeers

As Belle from Beauty and the Beast said, I want adventure in the great wide somewhere. Yes, this is the kind of book that I really want to read.
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted 9 months ago
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Randy Jernigan has signed an agreement with a new American publisher and cable network to write a biography and now a documentary on the British Royal family which he's tentatively titled, "Family Secrets."

Jernigan, who recently published The Life and Career of Marie Osmond, says he's always been an admirer of Queen Elizabeth and the rest of her family, and has always wanted to take a serious look at the British Monarch in a book.

"Randy has been planning to release a book on the Royal family for some time now, then after the initial announcement a broadcast house approached the agency about doing a television piece as a companion. Randy loved the idea so we pulled the project back till we completed the documentary," explained Terry Griffen, Jernigan's agent.

"I think Queen Elizabeth is a great lady with a huge heart, especially when it comes to her family and her people," says Jernigan. "I've been collecting information on "the family" for years in hopes that one day I'd have the opportunity to write an in-depth, honest piece about them so I'm happy the chance has finally presented itself."
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Opinion by zanhar1 posted 10 months ago
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Seeing as I haven't posted an article here yet I thought I'd type up a little something. This'll be a list of books that I read and some mini reviews of them; seeing as there are a lot, I will be utilizing my reviews from 'Goodreads'. Some reviews will be cut short to keep the length down.
Some reviews will have spoilers.

Croak

First and foremost, I love Lex. She's sassy, funny, and sarcastic. She also was all head over heals for Driggs. You can tell she likes him, but it doesn't turn the story into some silly stupid romance novel, basically it didn't obstruct the plot. I really really loved, above all else, the interaction between Poe and Teddy and how Dr. Seuss had to cheer up Emily Dickinson. I also enjoyed the plot as a whole--the concept of teenage boys and girls having the ability to reap souls.


Chosen At Nightfall

While I really liked the other books in the series I just fell like this one was really weak which sucks because it was the last book and the last boom should be the best! One if the only good bits about it was Kylie's newest ghost (and the ghost's connection to Mario,...
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted 10 months ago
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The Life and Career of Marie Osmond
When celebrity biographer Randy Jernigan announced that he would be publishing a series of fan books celebrating stars that had positive reputations, he had no inkling of the tidal wave of hateful, mean spirited comments about to come his way.

Shortly after his publishing company's announcement, several online tabloids wrote negative pieces about Randy's book series. Even popular blogger Perez Hilton wrote a story, attributing quotes to Randy that proved false and misleading. When these reports began to surface, online trolls began to flock to Randy's social media pages leaving comment after comment taking aim at everything from his writing talents to his looks and age.

“I was absolutely dumbfounded—I wanted to just crawl under a rock and hide,” Randy recently told Chicago's KSCR Indie Radio in an early morning interview.

“My project was a very positive one yet I was receiving all this hate from people that didn't even know me.”

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Review by deedragongirl posted 10 months ago
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I love to read!
Hi guys, I would like to write down some of my favourite books that I had previously and currently reading.

The Harry Potter Series

I love Harry Potter series, because it's very intrigue and I love J.K Rowling's style of writing. She's one of the inspiration in writing! So salute to her and will read the latest Harry Potter book once it comes out.

The Chronicles of Narnia

I had always thought that this is even better than Harry Potter because it's more extraordinary and has more suspense.
However, one of the things that I was disappointed that Susan Pevensie did not join the gang in 'The Last Battle'. If she was, we would be very happy with the ending especially!

Love, Rosie/ When Rainbows End

This is highly unusual because I like how the story is told through email format. I also love the Irish accent because it's sound sexy and extraordinary unusual!

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Opinion by ethan_orin posted over a year ago
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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The Kardashian Ladies
Elizabeth Wilson's Gut Feminism is a must read for all my readers out there. The work has been called an intersection of science studies and feminist theories. I loved this book, but then I would--anyone that knows me knows that I'm a sign waver at heart. Gotta get this book!

I'm hearing rumors that my writing buddy Randy Jernigan will publish a new celebrity bio on the Kardashian ladies--including Caitlan, this Fall. Randy admitted to me late last year that he was a fan of KUWTK show and never missed an episode. Now, all the TV watching will pay off for you!

Also, it's about time for Randy's friend Les Bailey to release the paperback version of his best seller The Vampire Game: Discovery. The book was first released on Kindle with the promise that a paperback would follow. That excites me since I truly loved the book!

For my readers, please feel free to send me your own book notes or questions about up and coming book events and I'll try and include it right here on this page!
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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Marie on Oprah
30 years after Marie Osmond married, then divorced Stephen Craig, she married him again. Some might say the woman is a glutton for punishment or she never got over the man she truly loved.

Today, Osmond says she’s happier the second time around, and is grateful for the way her husband treats her.

According to press reports, Osmond’s second marriage to music producer Brian Blosil wasn’t blissful by any means.

Globe Magazine reported that despite enduring terrible (emotional) pain, Marie never publicly detailed the humiliation she endured during her 20-year second marriage to the record producer. Celebrity journalist Randy Jernigan, author of the best selling book THE LIFE AND CAREER OF MARIE OSMOND, has detailed Osmond’s experience in a tome that has received great attention recently.

Wed in 1986, they had seven adopted and biological children together. Blosil once flew into a rage when he heard rumors she was still in love with first hubby Steve Craig. “He and Marie argued, with Brian’s anger escalating,” Jernigan writes in his book. “He pushed her down the stairs with Marie ending up with a cracked wrist...
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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Losing to Win! author Randy Jernigan tells me that he hopes to resurrect his Writers Studio and begin teaching again.

The school, which boasts alum Les Bailey of The Vampire Game fame, was located in picturesque Utah and had a reputation for graduating several published novelists, a couple of popular poets, and even two produced screenwriters.

"I miss teaching," Randy recently told me in a phone interview from his Utah home. "There's nothing like the experience of being in a room of inspired, hungry, creative writers. The synergy is absolutely amazing!"

Randy tells me he hopes to begin teaching classes as early as mid-June 2016.

This Summer may prove to be a bit busy for Randy. According to Medium.com Randy will go back into the studio and host 30 new radio talk shows and he's also launched a new line of active wear that bears his motto: "Making the Rest of My Life, the Best of My Life!"

Wishing my friend Randy the best of luck in his creative ventures!
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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Losing to Win! author Randy Jernigan
According to sales records from Amazon Inc. and Kindle Inc. Randy Jernigan's 2013 release Losing to Win! is once again climbing the charts in paperback and electronic device sales.

The book contains the account of Jernigan's shedding 179 pounds and beating a perilous case of diabetes/hypertension that nearly took the writers life, as well as the recipes he used to help him lose the weight.

According to moviepilot.com, a more detailed account of Jernigan's story will be covered in a soon to be published book (and TV show) by film producer and writer Arianna Eisenberg titled 'Heaven, Angels and Beyond.'

Jernigan is a veteran entertainment journalist who has contributed over the years to national magazines, television programs, and has hosted several radio talk shows.

Jernigan recently published a short biography of Marie Osmond that became a best seller almost immediately and will publish The Life and Career of Ellen DeGeneres early Spring.
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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Author Randy Jernigan and Jackson
When I sat down to dinner at a small Asian Bistro with my old friend and writer Randy Jernigan, he quickly scanned the menu, searching for the healthiest foods. Today would not be one of his famous “cheat days” he shares on his social media pages–usually Mondays when he and best friend, Jackson Fackrell, indulge in what he terms a “free meal.” Today he opts for several veggie heavy dishes with less calories, and of course, minus the fried rice and noodles. Later, as the waitress cleared the table, I notice that she cleared away his half eaten meal.

At the time I remembered our last meal together, some four years earlier, when Randy scarfed down a huge steak, two huge baked potatoes with all the works, then half the fries left on my plate. I also remember him complaining at the time that he was stuffed to the brim but still hungry.

Food held a much different place in Randy’s life then, than it does now. A much different place.

Food was his main comfort. A cure-all for his deeply hidden, very painful, personal issues. Now, as randy explains it to me, food is a tool.
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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British Royal Family
Celebrity biographer Randy Jernigan has signed an agreement with his American publisher to write a biography on the British Royal family which he's tentatively titled, "Family Secrets."

Jernigan, who recently published a best selling biographical sketch on entertainer Marie Osmond, says he's always been an admirer of Queen Elizabeth and the rest of her family, and has always wanted to take a serious look at the British Monarch in a book.

"I think Queen Elizabeth is a great lady with a huge heart, especially when it comes to her family and her people," says Jernigan. "I've been collecting information on "the family" for years in hopes that one day I'd have the opportunity to write an in depth, honest piece about them so I'm happy the chance has finally presented itself."

Jernigan, best known for his aggressive interview style in magazines and radio, says the book will be an honest look at the business of being royal, and even share "some new secrets" from some very solid royal sources that, at one point, worked for the Queen."
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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The Creative Partners Media Network has launched its annual short story writing contest with cash prizes and publication in its new anthology book for the contest winners.

This year Creative Partners author Randy Jernigan will oversee the competition and stand in as a judge reading the last 20 entries and making the final decision on the first, second and third place winners.

"I was thrilled that my publishing partners asked me to serve in this capacity for the competition this year! My own writing career was started by winning a writing contest sponsored by our local newspaper more than 25 years ago, and what a fun and fulfilling journey it's been!"

Organizers of the competition recently made the decision to allow writers from other countries to enter, as long as the stories are written in English.

Shortly after the announcement that the contest had launched, the organization began receiving request from writers as far as Ireland, Scotland and Australia.
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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Randy with author Les Bailey
According to several media reports author Randy Jernigan will write and publish a memoir about his twenty two years as a freelance tabloid journalist for such weeklies as Globe and Star, but the busy writer says the book won't be about spilling a lot of celebrity secrets, but coming to terms with his own past and, in some cases, making amends and changing career paths.

Scoop. An intimate memoir of sorts, was taken from Randy's personal diaries and interviews of his more than twenty years in the celebrity magazine industry.

“It’s important for a writer, as well as other creative people that make a living with their craft, to shake things up a bit--and sometimes that means breaking out of the mold we’ve cast for ourselves. I feel that I’ve gone as far as I can go as a ‘celebrity reporter,’ and I need to expand and move into other genres of writing. So when my agent came to me with the idea of moving toward screenplay writing I jumped at it. I've written two screenplays for a cable network and have always wanted to develop my talents in that genre, so I was thrilled when this film company came along and bought up Willing to Love!"
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Review by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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Veteran writer Randy Jernigan took to his Facebook page to share his exuberance in his former student, Les Bailey, and his new book, The Vampire Game: Discovery. which debuted in Kindle Books November 19, 2015.

"I knew when I first met Les several years back in one of my creative writing classes, that he was going to write the great American novel--and he did! Even then Les was a master storyteller. I remember vividly the feelings of excitement I experienced when he read aloud from one of his class assignments. The prose within the story was downright delicious. I recognized almost immediately that Les had already developed his own unique and, even sensuous voice, which is what I was aiming for for each of my pupils by the end of the 8 week class series.
So when Les approached me about co-editing and promoting his first venture into authoring, I accepted without reservation. I would have felt like one of the several publishing companies that turned down J K Rowling's Harry Potter book in the end. I was absolutely honored to lend a hand.
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Review by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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I decided after reading The Vampire Game: Discovery the first time, that I would re-read it once more. My reasoning? I simply enjoyed the book so much that I wanted to slow down a bit and savor the experience.

I'm told that Les Bailey is a first time author and that his new Kindle release is his first foray into the world of fiction. Well, I'm not so sure that I believe that. I've read quite a few first-time authors and none can compare with Les Bailey's new offering to the literary world. In my opinion, very few writers have successfully deconstructed the vampire genre with the passion and soul that Bailey has.

This debut novel is not only one of the finest tales of the undead in my recent memory--it has brought me back to the vampire genre, which was growing stale for me, sadly. Thank you Mr. Bailey.

Passionate and meticulous in its delivery, The author's prose feeds us tantalizing hints of things to come in his story. In my humble opinion, this literary offering excels in depth of character, in beautiful language, and a unique story line that made this tale a must re-read for me.
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Article by yeniczheng posted over a year ago
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Gjenopplive en 45 år gammel bok, Bill Gates inkludert Business eventyr: tolv klassiske historier fra verden av Wall Street på hans 2014 sommeren pensum. Hans entusiasme ("Warren Buffett anbefalt denne boken til meg tilbake i 1991, og det er fortsatt den beste business boken jeg noensinne har lest"- og hevder det er Warren Buffett favoritt business bok, også) var smittsom. Med prodding av Gates, ut-av-print bok ble gjenutgitt som en e-bok av åpne veien, og som jeg skriver dette innlegget er det Amazon's #1 beste selger i handel og #2 i bøker.

John Brooks opprinnelig publisert fortellingene virksomhet i The New Yorker, så det går uten å si at de er godt skrevet. Beskriver aksjemarkedet som "dagtid eventyr fortsettelsene velståendes," Brooks vier første kapittel til et slag etter slag redegjørelse av "lite krasj" og rask utvinning som skjedde i den siste uken i mai 1962. Mandag falt Dow mer enn det hadde alle dager unntatt 28 oktober 1929. Av torsdag, etter onsdag Memorial Day ferien, stengt det "litt over nivået der det hadde vært før all spenningen begynte."
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