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Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition

by Karen Blumenthal

Filled with period art and photographs, anecdotes, and portraits of unique characters from the era, this fascinating book looks at the rise and fall of the disastrous social experiment known as Prohibition.

Grande Expectations: A Year in the Life of Starbucks' Stock

by Karen Blumenthal

Karen Blumenthal, like most people, is mystified by the stock market. Just why is it, she wonders, that seemingly good news can send a stock plummeting and bad news can send it skyrocketing again? In Grande Expectations, she shows how money is made and lost by following one of America's hottest growth stocks, Starbucks, through a year of rapid store openings, fancy new drinks, and clever promotions, revealing how the many players--big and small investors, company management, analysts, and the media--propel its shares up and down. Blumenthal pulls back the curtain on the stock market to expose its quirks and inner workings, from the power of a penny of earnings and the unexpected impact of a stock split to the image-enhancing effects of a brand of bottled water. With a fly-on-the-wall, character-driven narrative, Grande Expectations not only makes investing interesting but also will help you make smarter and savvier investing choices by: *Understanding how big pension and mutual fund managers decide whether to buy more Starbucks--or dump it *Seeing the unique ways that analysts and other finance professionals assess an investment--dissecting not only the numbers but also the company's management, demographics, and global opportunities *Learning how Starbucks executives manage our expectations and keep excitement percolating about the business--and the stock *Watching how a stock is traded and how that might affect your buying or selling *Gleaning how multibillion-dollar private hedge funds make money on infinitesimal changes in a stock's price *Entering the dark, strange world of the short sellers *Realizing how different people can make absolutely opposite bets and all still come out ahead You'll come away with new insights into how the stock market really works--the power of expectations, stock buybacks, and profits--and explore Starbucks' phenomenal growth and whether it is sustainable. By unraveling the market's mysteries, Grande Expectations shows how investing can be both profitable and understandable. Get ready for the ride of your life--and a lifetime of fruitful stock market success. From the Hardcover edition.

Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, the Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America

by Karen Blumenthal

In 1972, Congress passed a modest little law called Title IX, that said any school receiving money from the government couldn't treat boys and girls differently because of their sex. For the first time, girls across the United States got a real chance to play on the athletic field - and that little law took on a role far greater than anyone ever imagined it could.

Mr. Sam

by Karen Blumenthal

Sam Walton grew up to become the founder of Wal-Mart, but he was born with practically nothing except a compulsive drive to win - at football, at becoming class president, at beating everyone no matter what the game. His eventual empire started as nothing more than a dingy one-room general store. He created Wal-Mart - and his massive wealth - one building at a time, one town at a time. This is not a history of his company, but the biography of an uncomplicated man who just wanted to beat the guy down the street. More than forty black-and-white photos illustrate the text. .

Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 192

by Karen Blumenthal

Over six terrifying, desperate days in October 1929, the fabulous fortune that Americans had built in stocks plunged with a fervor never seen before. At first, the drop seemed like a mistake, a mere glitch in the system. But as the decline gathered steam, so did the destruction. Over twenty-five billion dollars in individual wealth was lost, vanished, gone. People watched their dreams fade before their very eyes. Investing in the stock market would never be the same. Here, Wall Street Journal bureau chief Karen Blumenthal chronicles the six-day period that brought the country to its knees, from fascinating tales of key stock-market players, like Michael J. Meehan, an immigrant who started his career hustling cigars outside theaters and helped convince thousands to gamble their hard-earned money as never before, to riveting accounts of the power struggles between Wall Street and Washington, to poignant stories from those who lost their savings--and more--to the allure of stocks and the power of greed. For young readers living in an era of stock-market fascination, this engrossing account explains stock-market fundamentals while bringing to life the darkest days of the mammoth crash of 1929.

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different

by Karen Blumenthal

This is the story of Steve Jobs who changed our world. In this book, Karen Blumenthal takes us to the core of the complicated and legendary man while simultaneously exploring the evolution of computers.

The Wall Street Journal Guide to Starting Fresh

by Karen Blumenthal

Three years after the economic meltdown began, many of us are still reeling from its devastating effects. Maybe you're among the millions of homeowners who fell behind on their mortgages or you lost your home to foreclosure. Maybe you lost your job and have struggled to find a new one, meanwhile struggling with a drastically reduced income. Or perhaps you're one of the roughly 1.5 million Americans filing each year for bankruptcy. Or maybe you emerged from the meltdown relatively unscathed, but you've been recently divorced or widowed. Now, along with all the other accompanying emotional hardships, you must deal with a household budget that is dramatically changed. Maybe you experienced an unexpected health crisis that drained your savings or retirement account. Or perhaps you've simply grown tired of having so much debt. As tough as these situations are, they aren't hopeless.. You have options. When the old \ rules for managing your finances no longer apply, you can take control of your situation, wipe the slate clean, and start over. Here, in the accessible, empathetic, and easy-to-understand style the Wall Street Journal Guidebook series is known for, veteran WSJ personal finance reporter Karen Blumenthal walks you through everything you need to know to leave the past behind you and get your financial life back on track. This includes how to: -Build a trusted team of professionals to help you navigate your new financial landscape-Get your credit record - the support beam of your financial scaffolding - back in order-Recalibrate your budget and weigh your big ticket expenses-Determine whether you can afford to stay in your home -Adjust your debts to your new situation-Assess your health coverage and other necessary insurance -Invest for your future retirement and other needs-Craft a sustainable plan for long-term financial health Whether you're recently divorced or widowed, or have declared bankruptcy or lost your home to foreclosure, or simply want to start with a clean slate, you can make a fresh financial start. Covering housing, insurance, health care, investing, debt, taxes, wills, and more, this book shows readers at all life stages and income levels how to adapt and adjust their finances to their new circumstances and get on the path to a better financial life. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Wall Street Journal Guide to Starting Your Financial Life

by Karen Blumenthal

From the nation's most trusted authority in finance comes a comprehensive, accessible guide to getting on the right path for responsible money management and lifelong financial freedom.

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