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The Capitalist

The Capitalist by Peter Steiner

(Adult Fiction) - St. John Larrimer was a well known Wall Street investment banker who had earned returns for his wealthy clients that exceeded even their fondest hopes. But it turns out that the returns existed only in St. John's imagination. By the time his staff and associates were detained and questioned, St. John had disappeared. Louis Morgon, a long retired CIA operative now living in France, had a little money invested with a money manager who was also taken in by Larrimer. Louis thinks that he can figure out a way to bring Larrimer to account. Of course, some of Larrimer's victims were themselves villains, for instance the Russian mobsters whose wealth constituted the main holdings of the Swiss Eisener Bank. So Louis, with a motley band of helpers and the Russian mob on his tail, sets out to find Larrimer and bring him to justice.
The Index Card

The Index Card by Helaine Olen

(Adult Nonfiction) - TV analysts and money managers would have you believe your finances are enormously complicated, and if you don't follow their guidance, you'll end up in the poorhouse. a They're wrong. a When University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack interviewed Helaine Olen, an award-winning financial journalist and the author of the bestselling Pound Foolish , he made an offihand suggestion- everything you need to know about managing your money could fit on an index card. To prove his point, he grabbed a 4" x 6" card, scribbled down a list of rules, and posted a picture of the card online. The post went viral. a Now, Pollack teams up with Olen to explain why the ten simple rules of the index card outperform more complicated financial strategies. Inside is an easy-to-follow action plan that works in good times and bad, giving you the tools, knowledge, and confidence to seize control of your financial life.
Nothing Personal

Nothing Personal by Mike Offit

(Adult Fiction) - Nothing Personal is the stunning story of Warren Hament, a bright young man who stumbles into a career in finance in the early 1980s. His rapid rise exposes the inner workings of the amoral, crude, and brutal world of top-tier investment banking as only a true insider could know them. Introduced to the elite bastions of wealth and privilege, and with his beautiful and ambitious girlfriend pushing him, he gets a major boost when first his patrician mentor is murdered, and then a dangerous and powerful rival is bludgeoned to death in the middle of a tryst with a young financial analyst. Young Warren soon finds himself at the center of a whirlwind investigation of four deaths, in control of a vast and hidden fortune, and in love with a gorgeous woman whose past may hold the key to unlocking the mystery, before the killer comes calling again. Set in the luxurious homes and clubs of New York, Hobe Sound, Dark Harbor, the Hamptons, and Europe, Nothing Personal is a stellar debut about coming of age in a rarefied, deeply corrupt world. Offit unflinchingly portrays the insidious, creeping power of greed and lust, and the terrible price some pay in their thrall.
The Opposite of Spoiled

The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber

(Adult Nonfiction) - Written in a warm, accessible voice, grounded in real-world experience and stories from families with a range of incomes, The Opposite of Spoiled is both a practical guidebook and a values-based philosophy. The foundation of the book is a detailed blueprint for the best ways to handle the basics: the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, saving, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, checking accounts, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition. It identifies a set of traits and virtues that embody the opposite of spoiled, and shares how to embrace the topic of money to help parents raise kids who are more generous and less materialistic. But The Opposite of Spoiled is also a promise to our kids that we will make them better with money than we are. It is for all of the parents who know that honest conversations about money with their curious children can help them become more patient and prudent, but who don't know how and when to start.
The Prince of Risk

The Prince of Risk by Christopher Reich

(Adult Fiction) - When his father, a chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, is killed in a brazen attack on the White House lawn, Bobby Astor, a rising hedge fund manager, untangles a web of lies to reveal a sophisticated plot against the U.S. financial system.
Your Life...Well Spent

Your Life...Well Spent by Russ Crosson

(Adult Nonfiction) - When most Christians think about money, they think about what money can do for them now, here in this life. But attitudes about money have an eternal aspect--and author Russ Crosson, CEO of Ronald Blue & Co. and a highly respected investment advisor--offers readers a look how to manage money with eternity in view. They'll learn the difference between prosperity--the accumulation of goods on this earth, and posterity--the heritage left to the generations that follow.