Dollars and Sense: How we Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter

By Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler Published Nov. 7, 2017, Harper Collins Publishers, 288 Pages Reviewed by Chris Wendel Hardcover $28; softcover $16; e-book edition $15 In a nutshell: All buying decisions are emotional decisions. The new book “Dollars and Sense” explains how our buying choices are impacted by...

Book Review: The Upstarts

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are Changing the World By Brad Stone 2017 • Little, Brown • 33 Pages • Hardcover $17, E-book $16, Audio $20 In a nutshell – A deep dive into the rise of two disruptive companies...

Book review April 2017: The Magnolia Story

By Chip and Joanna Gaines 2016, Thomas Nelson Publishing 208 pages, Hardcover $15.99, e-read edition $13.99 In a Nutshell: The autobiographical story of Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of the HGTV show “Fixer Upper” Who’s it for? General audiences, HGTV junkies, couples that work together Author Quote: “I always thought...

Profits Aren’t Everything, They’re the Only Thing

No-nonsense rules from the ultimate contrarian and small business guru By George Cloutier Harper Business, 192 pages, paperback $14.99, e-read edition $13.99 Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a Nutshell: Hard-nosed business advice from an old school businessman. Who’s it for? Small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs. Author Quote: “There is no $...

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changes Our Minds

By Michael Lewis Hardcover $28.95, E-read edition $16 Norton Press, 362 Pages Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a Nutshell: The story of an academic odd couple that shape and form the field of behavioral economics. Who’s it for? General audiences, anyone who has enjoyed Michael Lewis’ other books (“Moneyball," “The...

Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time

By Jeffrey Pfeffer Harper Business, September 2015 Hardcover $29.99, Ebook edition $14.99, 272 pages In a Nutshell: The dirty secret is that leaders of many U.S. companies are poor managers and the hype surrounding our leadership industry is mostly bunk. Who’s it for? Managers who need to improve their...