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What's New in Business: August 2000
Particularly recommended by the business librarians are:

HD 62.7 .E337 2000
THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE YOUR OWN BUSINESS: The Six Practical and Holistic Steps for Entrepreneurial Success by Gladys Edmunds, a native of Pittsburgh, is an inspirational account of the author's rise from poverty and teenage motherhood to successful businesswoman and role model for scores of entrepreneurs. Through the use of anecdotes and personal experiences of people she advised, Ms. Edmunds provides insights into her six steps to entrepreneurial success: taking charge of your thoughts; overcoming obstacles; establishing communication; building a dynamic support system; achieving balance; and expanding your horizons. Each section concludes with "Thoughts to Think On." She offers many ideas for creative problem-solving and overcoming both fear of failure and fear of success. This upbeat book shows that having your own successful business can be an achievable dream. (NL)

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HD 69 .C6 P563 2000
CONSULTING DEMONS: INSIDE THE UNSCRUPULOUS WORLD OF GLOBAL CONSULTING by Lewis Pinault is not a book for the faint of heart. Within its pages Mr. Pinault discusses the sometimes seedy world of the global consultant, revealing in lurid detail the innerworkings of the consulting industry. A veteran of twelve years in the consulting business, Mr. Pinault uses his own experiences to cast a light on the struggles that many consultants must face every day, including his many travels through the consulting firms of Asia, or what he calls a "ruthless and hazard-ridden progress." CONSULTING DEMONS is an unflinching examination of the consulting industry that pulls no punches and takes no prisoners. It is both Lewis Pinault's confession and commemoration to the business he both loathes and loves. (SP)

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HD 4854 .G53 2000
GIG: AMERICANS TALK ABOUT THEIR JOBS AT THE TURN OF THE MILENNIUM, edited by John Bowe et al. is a lot more than a book about people at work. Reviewers of Gig have inevitably compared it to Studs Terkel's groundbreaking Working, which was published in 1972. They both allow workers to speak directly to the reader about the nitty-gritty experience of their working lives. In those 20 years, however, the old economy about which welders, waitresses and cabdrivers testified has been evolving into the new economy, where the voices of systems administrators, squash instructors, and video game designers are more prevalent. Gig presents 126 individuals talking about their work as if through an open window; they have clearly gone directly from the tape player to the page. How did they manage to assemble such a fascinating collection of storytellers? As everyone knows, hearing your neighbor talk about his day at work is rarely galvanizing. But not one of these is boring, and most ring utterly true, probably because the language is perhaps more direct and graphic than an active editor in a more conservative time would permit. Another reason is that many jobs selected for inclusion are ones we are really curious about: bounty hunter, telephone psychic, porn star. The choice at times seems a little sensationalistic - there are no librarians here! Another reason these are convincing is that they reveal the inside scoop: we learn how dead bodies are disposed of, how to engage rich clients in Guatemala, and how to steal cash while running a pretzel stand. One powerful impression left by Gig is that the working lives of many people are constantly marred by the lack of civility in modern life. Service workers, though they have been trained to smile, speak of an existence under continual assault by a rude, greedy, and selfish public. Names are named here, so let us look to our manners - we may turn up in the next edition. (RW)

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HG 3756 .U54 H365 2000
LIFE AFTER DEBT by Bob Hammond and published by Career Press is a helpful guide to aid in the preparation of getting out of debt, restoring credit, and protecting yourself from credit abuses. There are also very informative appendices that deal with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The appendices also provide information concerning federal agencies and trade commissions. Hammond does a good job of using sample letters to illustrate how to make creditors aware of certain credit issues. These issues range from credit errors to bankruptcy. Hammond manages to organize and simplify the complex and difficult task of dealing with bankruptcy, approaching it with text that is highly accessible and tinged with enough optimism to give even the most credit-weary reader a ray of hope. (TS)

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Other titles of interest:

HD 31 .B3784 2000
The Beauty of the Beast: Breathing New Life into Organizations by Geoffrey M. Bellman

HD 75.6 .J325 2000
The Nature of Economies by Jane Jacobs

HD 4909 .P54 2000
Get Paid What You're Worth: The Expert Negotiators' Guide to Salary and Compensation by Robin L. Pinkley and Gregory B. Northcraft

HD 62.5 .B49 2000
The Origin and Evolution of New Business by Amar V. Bhide

HF 5548.32 .R54 2000
The Age of Access: The New Culture of Hypercapitalism Where All of Life is a Paid-For Experience by Jeremy Rifkin

HG 179 .H825 2000
Sisters Are Cashing In: How Every Woman Can Make Her Financial Dreams Come True by Marilyn French Hubbard

Contact the business librarians, who also answer questions about business, money, and work, at (412) 281-7141 or at

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