Book Review: Thriving in the New Economy by Lori Ann LaRocco

CNBC’s Senior Talent Producer┬áLori Ann LaRocco has a platinum list of contacts. Thanks to LaRocco, we have access to their wisdom.

LaRocco’s new book Thriving in the New Economy: Lessons from Today’s Top Business Minds is a collection of lessons from America’s top business minds. Given the current economic environment, you will find lots of advice and inspiration to capitalize on opportunities. It’s the perfect book to read in spurts while you’re on summer vacation.

The beauty of this book is the interviews were conducted during the greatest credit crisis in a century. Thus, since desperation is the mother of ingenuity, these extraordinary business minds were primed to offer creative and practical strategies. Moreover, it’s a nice diversity of personalities from Wilbur Ross (the “indisputable king” of turning around companies) to Saks (NYSE: SKS) CEO Steve Sadove.

Whether you like all of the interviewees on a personal basis, you will be compelled to learn their secrets to success. Here are some more standouts who had thoughts well worth the price of admission:

  • Financial publisher Steve Forbes
  • Vanguard Group founder Jack Bogle
  • Former director of the National Economic Council Larry Lindsey
  • Saks CEO Steve Sadove
  • Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. President Jim Lentz
  • Renowned economist David Malpass
  • Real estate industry leaders Don Peebles, Richard LeFrak, and Ron Peltier

Some of the topics covered are: investing strategies, how to find opportunities, building businesses, risk management, leadership, and more.

If you’re bummed Charlie Rose is talking to another actor, you will find solace in LaRocco’s collection of interviews: Thriving in the New Economy: Lessons from Today’s Top Business Minds.