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Millionaire Real Estate Stripper Gospel

The Art of Becoming a Multimillionaire Real Estate Investor
Cherwenka
2018

Submitter: This book came from my public library. (In fact, it was purchased as a memorial book.) I came across this gem in my business section. I think the back cover speaks for itself: body builder to stripper to real estate agent who then marries his “African American Wife.” There’s a lot going on here. I’m also confused as to whether this is a book about real estate investing, a biography, or a gospel. Take your pick! In fact here’s more.

Holly: Is Magic Mike doing a bicep pose, or punching her in the breast? The link submitter shared is a 15-page short version of his story, in which he refers to himself (presumably in his stripper days) as a “lost sinner” – but he doesn’t seem too ashamed, given his choice of photo for the back cover of the book! I mean, real estate looks like a great career choice I guess…

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Women and Taxes

Women and Taxes
Leynse and Kamensky
1984

According to the back of this book, women can improve their life by understanding taxes. I wonder if men have the same life improvement experience.

I am a huge advocate of financial literacy for everyone. I am a fan of a book that helps explain all the financial ins and outs of being a working person. Too bad the advice in this book is behind about 3 or 4 major overhauls to the tax code. The Tax Reform Act of 1986 made almost every item about tax shelters, expenses, etc. an instant candidate for weeding.

Almost every year, Holly and I run into tax advice books sitting on library shelves from the 1980s and 1990s. Unless you committed fraud, you won’t be on the hook for anything after 7 years. Keeping consumer tax information around is a waste of space. Personally, I would weed tax info after 3 years.

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When the Ladies Run the Show

Feminine Leadership
or How to Succeed in Business Without Being One of the Boys
Loden
1985

The basic theme of this book is that women can use feminine traits to succeed in leadership roles. The ladies are evidently really good at feelings and can be more intuitive leaders than the guys. The 70s and 80s were loaded with this kind of literature as women started entering professions previously off limits. I was one of those who would suck these books up like they were water. Most of the time, these books were little help in navigating a career in the real world. It’s not like senior management grabbed on to these concepts and welcomed women with open arms.

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Business the Amazon Way

Business the Amazon.com Way
Saunders
1999

Submitter: It’s an ancient book on Amazon. This book was written before Amazon was a verb, and when it was still focused on books. Does the book accurately predict the future? Probably not.

The business section ought to have books on how current companies do business, how to do business, small business information, and how to get grants, not really old books that are ridiculously outdated.

Holly: Amazon is a whole new animal 22 years later – and so are libraries.

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Telemarketing: Magic or Evil?

Telephone Magic
How to Tap the Phone’s Marketing Potential in Your Business
Weitzen
1987

This book is all about telemarketing to increase your business success. Evidently, this guy must have one of the people that started us on the path to robo calling and all sorts of other awful phone technologies. Given the topic, my first instinct is to pull the book, set in on fire, and then grind the ashes into the ground. Excuse my personal tantrum on the evils of telephone abuse that have been heaped upon me since I was old enough to hold a phone.

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Business Planning With Patron Edits

Writing Business Plans That Get Results
A Step-by-Step Guide
O’Donnell
1991

Although most business plans have core concepts such as capitalization, marketing strategy, staffing, etc. A business plan is a comprehensive plan of attack and is about being able to attract investors, apply for loans, and other normal business matters. The concepts don’t really change, but the technology and methodology might. Bottom line, these types a books will have a bit more wiggle room with respect to age.

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Work Rules for Ladies

Rogers’ Rules for Business-Women
How to start a career and move up the ladder
Rogers
1988

You can be a successful business woman with our author’s advice: dress nice, be friendly, and don’t chew gum. The tone is very paternalistic, boarding on annoying.  You will be glad to know that Rogers states that “real” sexual harassment in rare. But, (there is always a but), be careful of giving sex signals to your male co-workers. They might get the wrong idea.