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From Publishers Weekly

For this launch edition of a planned annual collection of best business stories, editors Leckey (The Morningstar Approach to Investing) and Loeb (52 Weeks to Financial Fitness) have selected 25 articles originally published in the "year of the Internet bubble" (July 1, 1999-June 30, 2000) in journals as diverse as the Wall Street Journal and Mother Jones. Alongside reporting from accomplished writers such as Jean Strouse, Barbara Ehrenreich, Ken Auletta, Richard Preston and Michael Lewis stands equally excellent work from less familiar journalists like Charles Graeber, Barry Yeoman and John Byrne. Excerpts from the Detroit Free Press's superlative investigative reporting on the deadly food-borne outbreak of Listeriamonocytogenes, which read like a medical thriller, are worth the price of admission on their own. Hard-hitting, well-researched articles on the franchised maid service industry, the privatization of prisons as seen in Youngstown, Ohio, and the plight of "average" workers in the hyperinflated Silicon Valley testify to the high level of journalism on today's burgeoning business scene. Leckey and Loeb have also found space for a few purely entertaining articles (e.g., the savvy profile of Donald Trump that Chris Byron wrote for George magazine, highlighting Trump's genius at manipulating media). Other crowd-pleasing profiles on financial movers and shakers spotlight Value America's founder Craig Winn, Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaheed and Celera Genomics's Craig Venter. (Mar. 20) Forecast: With its star writers, lively profiles and brilliant reporting on current preoccupations such as Internet millionaires, the commercialization of biomedical research firms and the ongoing WTO controversy this excellent collection should attract legions of business readers through Mother's Day and Father's Day, and beyond.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

For this new anthology series, Leckey and Loeb, two well-known syndicated columnists and business authors, compiled a comprehensive selection of articles that appeared from July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2000 in the print media (business journals such as the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Business Week, and Fortune as well as general publications such as Time, Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, Wired, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone). Some of the authors and topics include Peter Drucker's article on e-commerce and its relationship to the information revolution; Donald Bartlett and James Steele's piece on Carl Lindner Jr., the fruit baron; Ken Auletta's profile of Herb Allen's CEO retreat; and John Byrne's account of the bankruptcy of Value America. This carefully selected arrangement of interesting, well-written, and thought-provoking articles is a good choice for public and academic libraries. Steven J. Mayover, formerly with Free Lib. of Philadelphia
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; First Edition edition (March 13, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375725008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375725005
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,454,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. C. Carrad on May 21, 2002
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This is a terrific book. Every article in it is well-written and interesting, unusual for an anthology as they almost always contain at least one or two flawed pieces. Not here. And what a range...from the usual suspects of Fortune, Wall Street Journal, etc. to the Detroit Free Press and even Mother Jones. The next volume for 2002 is also great.
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I've read all of the editions of this series, and they seem to get better every year. Andrew does a great job of picking out stories that are entertaining reads to anyone as well as great business journalism stories. I found myself going through the book first and picking out the stories that I thought interested me the most, but then we I went back to read the others that I'd skipped, I discovered that all of them captured my attention.
If you're in to reading great business stories that have been painstakingly reported, written and edited, this is what you need to buy.
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I picked up this book out of boredom at the airport and read it nonstop for the greater part of an 8-hour transatlantic flight. Very interesting. If you happen to be interested in business stories, scandals, company management and the stock market, you're sure to enjoy this book.

Most of the stories are captivating but in particular, I did enjoy the stories about Tyco, Starbucks and the fall of Anderson.
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Other pieces are entirely ordinary, such as stories on the global ambitions on Starbucks and Wal-Mart Stores and one on Time Warner. Some are downright bad, such as a piece from Fortune about hedge funds, which attempts to mystify rather than explain the hedge fund gods, only to admit at the end that there really is no mystery, just money.
Not one story concerns the building of a business or the story of an entrepreneur
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Other pieces are entirely ordinary, such as stories on the global ambitions on Starbucks and Wal-Mart Stores and one on Time Warner. Some are downright bad, such as a piece from Fortune about hedge funds, which attempts to mystify rather than explain the hedge fund gods, only to admit at the end that there really is no mystery, just money.
Not one concerns the building of a business or the story of an entrepreneur
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