World Finance is a peerless quarterly print and web magazine that offer comprehensive analysis and review of the global economy, world business and financial sector. The weekly magazine focuses on world affairs from all sectors of the world economy. It is a valuable tool for decision-makers and world bankers and investors. The magazine mainly targets an exclusive audience of world business and financial leaders, including private and corporate investors, but its clear lucid voice makes it an invaluable and useful reading for anyone who needs to know the complex machineries of world finance in today’s 21st century.
The writer, Michael Linden, is a world renowned expert on world finance issues. He has extensively researched, written and coached numerous courses on global macroeconomic, national economic and political leadership, world trade and development policies, as well as alternative economic and social policy. His numerous books on world finance topics have won many awards, including the coveted International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Central Bank (ECB), and the Order of the British Empire (ROE). These accomplishments and achievements make him the ideal choice as an advisor on world finance and the author of such a wide-ranging and lucid tome as, “The Mandarins: Insights Into Global Business Power”. In his latest book, “Unlocking the Future”, Michael Linden provides a new perspective on how to successfully use the power of globalization and the international financial system to create wealth and opportunity for ordinary people.
Mr. Linden begins this fascinating book with an engaging and memorable introductory personal epilogue that reveals his childhood, schooling and early professional experiences that helped shape his career into what it is today. A strong and intelligent writer, Michael Linden’s prose is clear and easy to read. The Mandarin’s series, which includes “The Mandarins: Insights Into Global Business Power” and “The District Swindler”, are all well written and highly entertaining read with enjoyable characters. Mr. Linden’s writing is truly informative and educative. You will learn much from “The Mandarins”, “The District Swindler”, and “Unlocking the Future”.
In “The Mandarins”, Michael Linden gives us an inside look of life in some of the most corrupt areas of world finance, providing insights into how those who are both rich and poor are affected by governmental and international policies. You will learn how to spot false promises, how to manipulate the media, how to coerce banks into giving you more money than they owed you, and how to bribe just about anyone into thinking that he or she can serve you better than they can. You will be surprised by the ethical choices and the devious strategies that are used to shape public opinion, and how free markets serve the interests of powerful special interests before their own people. Mr. Linden’s research and writing are impressive and it does get you thinking.
In “The District Swindler”, Zane Grey moves from being an insurance man working for the well to do to a district supervisor and then a world finance advisor who decide to take matters into his own hands. Grey’s world view is fascinating and at times accurate. This isn’t a shocker really, but it does make you feel slightly disturbed when you realize that the United States of America is backing some of the more dictatorial leaders in the world, and that they are doing so using your tax dollars. The fact that the story is told by Zane Grey, a world famous author, lends some credibility to the whole tale. However, there are some elements of it that are a touch over the top, but not enough to detract from the overall message.
The last book that I wanted to mention was “Papa John’s World” by Krispy Kreme Doughnuts’ owner, John Davenport. This one is definitely my personal favorite. One of my all time favorites, and at the time of writing this review, have been a very popular choice with parents and kids alike, mainly because it’s so entertaining. In “Papa John’s World,” Davenport takes us on an inside look at how a family operates and makes decisions. For children, especially those that are somewhat politically correct, this book will get them thinking and questioning some things that they may have previously looked upon in a different light.
Some of Davenport’s stories are just fun to read about, but others are going to be slightly disturbing depending on what you consider to be proper. One story involves Davenport’s attempts to rent properties in two different parts of town. Because the properties weren’t immediately vacant, he didn’t want to rent them to any black people. He also didn’t want to rent them to anyone who had AIDS or diabetes, two demographics that are not exactly common. The problem was that the apartment was booked solid for quite some time. As a result, he ended up getting the rent he requested.
In the end, Davenport learns that his position in society was completely wrong. Everyone should be entitled to a fair share of what is rightfully theirs, whether they come from birth or due to some unfortunate circumstances. I’m glad that Davenport has taken responsibility for his actions, and that he is willing to speak out about it so that everyone will be aware of what is going on. He also says some interesting things in terms of world politics, which I haven’t seen in a while. This is the first of a two part series about Davenport that will be published online; I’m looking forward to reading them.