Monthly Archives: April 2014

Orr: My Story

(G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 290 pages) Who was the hockey player Bobby Orr? Finally, with the publication of Orr’s autobiography, there is a chance to answer the question. For a young generation of sports fans, Orr is today spoken of by their elders as a mythical figure as Eddie Shore, Joe DiMaggio or Babe…

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Charley Hustle or Charley Scam?

Is Pete Rose a Liar or the Greatest Overachiever in the History of Baseball? A review of a new biography of Pete Rose. Pete Rose: An American Dilemma by Kostya Kennedy (Time Home Entertainment, 2014, 341 pages) ($26.95) This book, which profiles a rags-to-riches through hard work athlete, is certainly one of contradictions. One finishes…

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The Travails of Trading and Central Banking

Street Freak, a Memoir: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers By Jared Dillian  (Simon & Shuster, New York, 356 pages) $26 Successful professional traders, even when they’re riding high, need another job to fall back on and a medical plan that pays for psychiatric care. They should also understand the power of the central bank. Those…

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The Possible Retirement Planning Solution that Can Blow Up

Many needy boomers facing the golden years are taking the advice of the Fonz and former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson through various tube testimonials. They’re opting for reverse mortgages (RMs) in increasing numbers. Indeed, Inside Mortgage Finance, a trade publication covering the housing industry, recently reported that borrowers took out some $15.3 billion of these…

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