Top 10 consumer stories of 2009
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Top 10 consumer books of 2009

Did you read any helpful or inspiring consumer books during 2009?

Below are my choices for the best consumer books of the year. You can order them through my blog by clicking on the ad in the right column.

1. "2009 Action Plan: Keeping Your Money Safe and Sound" by Suze Orman. A plain-talking guide on how to take care of yourself during the recession and beyond.

2. "The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care" by T.R. Reid. The Washington Post foreign correspondent traveled to Japan, Germany, France, Britain, and other countries to gather information on health care systems, using an old shoulder injury as a way to compare treatment plans.

3. "Other People’s Money: The Corporate Mugging of America" by Nomi Prins. The former investment banker describes how America got into its historic financial mess and how long it’s going to take to recover.

4. "Is America Driving You Crazy?" by Stephen Bezruchka, M.D. The University of Washington professor and emergency room physician says antidepressants are making Americans worse not better.

5. "Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth" by David Korten. Korten, cofounder of the Positive Futures Network which publishes Yes! Magazine, believes in the new economy, Wall Street will be shut down.

6. "Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression" by Morris Dickstein. A survey of the economics, politics, arts, daily life, and social legacy of the 1930s.

7. "Watchdog Nation: Bite Back When Businesses and Scammers Do You Wrong" by Dave Lieber. An award-winning guide to help you protect yourself as a consumer.

8. "Food Alert: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Food Safety" by Morton Satin. A guide to foodborne illnesses and how to prevent them.

9. "Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs" by Melody Petersen. The former New York Times reporter examines the pharmaceutical industry and its influence on America's medical system.

10. "Beyond Work: How Accomplished People Retire Successfully" by Bill Roiter. The psychologist and executive coach describes how people can transition from the 40-plus years as a career-focused adult and build new adult lives in which they evaluate their options and determine how they can develop personally fulfilling lives outside of work.

Add these consumer books to your library to help you improve your consumer choices.

Disclosure: When you order books through my blog on, I receive a small commission.

Copyright 2009, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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Dave Lieber

Thank you for including my book. What a great way to start 2010!


Hi Dave,

I read about 30 Google pages on the best books of 2009 and yours was one of the few consumer books that appeared on the lists.

I then went through the archives from my two blogs and added the best books that I'd written about.

Here's to a successful 2010 helping consumers.


צעצועי התפתחות

Hi!!! I want to buy new books for my library. I read your list. Now- a- days Most people are using Consumer books. I think your list will help in selecting books . Thanx for your job.

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