FREE PRESS, 2009
In this smart, engaging book, Lee Eisenberg leads readers on a provocative and entertaining journey through America's love/hate affair with shopping—our national pastime, even in hard times. It's a story that reveals much about the American character. Neither a cheerleader for consumption nor an anti-consumerist scold, Eisenberg explores with boundless curiosity the vast machinery aimed at getting us to purchase everything from hair mousse to a little black dress, even though there's a surprisingly good chance we'll either return that dress or leave it to age gracefully in our closet, year-after-year, price tags and all.
FREE PRESS, 2006
Financial planning is too often avoided and nearly always riddled with anxiety. When The Number first appeared, it was hailed as a breakthrough by those who'd been ignoring their own retirement-planning and by financial industry insiders who'd been paying scant attention to their clients' fears and confusion. Backed by imaginative reporting, Eisenberg unravels why so many of us kick the financial can down the road. He explains why it's critical to gain a basic understanding of how money works. And he lays out, in no uncertain terms, what in the end money is really good for. Named by Businessweek one of the best financial books of the year, The Number is as relevant as the day it was minted.
Like many weekend duffers who don't play enough golf to significantly improve—just enough to evoke frustration—Lee Eisenberg decided to up the ante. He set himself a goal: one round of 80 or below. He then spent eighteen months practicing like a man possessed, reading books, watching instructional videos, taking lessons from a small army of professionals, agonizing over his scorecard, developing quarter-sized calluses, and stewing over what could have been. The result: he learned way more about his temperament than about keeping his shots in the fairway. Breaking Eighty remains a clubhouse cult classic. Even Rush Limbaugh raved about it.