Category Archives: Gregory on Books

The Sorrows of Empire: Reading the memoirs of a former American Mars.

“Duty, Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” the recent controversial book by former defense secretary Robert M. Gates, is a disturbing book. It is disturbing whether you are supporter of President Obama or an Obama hating republican or just someone who doesn’t fit into any category like me: a liberty-loving person who admires the trade-oriented,…

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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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Health Food Chain Owner and Academic Try to Save Capitalism

Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business By John Mackey and Raj Sisodia (Harvard Business Review Press, Boston, 2013, 344 pages) Is capitalism ethical, moral and does it benefit most human beings? Yes, on all counts, according to this book. In general, the authors, an entrepreneur who founded Whole Foods (nee Safer Way) and…

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