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 My book ETHICAL CHIC: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love

has just been named one of the Best Business Books of 2012 by Library Journal

http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2012/12/best-of/best-books-2012-business/

This book analyzes six well-known companies that are seen as socially responsible and hip, to see if they really deserve their sterling reputations.

Find out the real story about Starbucks, Apple, Trader Joe’s, American Apparel, Tom’s of Maine and Timberland:.

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I am a prize-winning author and journalist with over 20 years of experience specializing in health care, retirement issues, and the nexus between business and public policy. I write regularly for The New York Times, Newsday, The Scientist, Institutional Investor, and more

 What Does the Patchwork Budget Portend for a Dysfunctional GOP-led Congress Next Year?

The New York Times, Dec. 13, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/13/us/battle-over-spending-measure-shifts-to-the-senate.html?ref=us

It’s almost enough to make me join the Tea Party, if small government means less “work” in a Republican Congress. So let’s look at the bright side of the last-minute budget squabbling: They didn’t wreck First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy lunch program (except for a nod to useless white potatoes). They cut the EPA budget only a little and gave a  handout only to the big banks instead of to all of Wall Street. In other words, a do-nothing GOP Congress will do less to shred the safety net and federal regulation. Meanwhile, instead of volunteering on political campaigns, right now I’m going to try activities with real-life results, like helping people sign up for Obamacare.

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From the other side: Check out my book reviews for The National at http://www.thenational.ae/featured-content/search?searchKey=Fran+Hawthorne&choice=true&pageNumber=1 and The New York Journal of Books at http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/search/apachesolr_search/Fran%20Hawthorne

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