Mahar, Maggie

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Mahar, Maggie

PERSONAL:

Female.

ADDRESSES:

Home—New York, NY. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

Journalist and writer. Financial journalist, 1982—. Previously an English professor at Yale University, New Haven, CT.

WRITINGS:

Bull! A History of the Boom, 1982-1999: What Drove the Breakneck Market—and What Every Investor Needs to Know about Financial Cycles, HarperBusiness (New York, NY), 2003.

Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much, Collins (New York, NY), 2006.

Contributor to periodicals, including Money, Institutional Investor, New York Times, and Barron's.

SIDELIGHTS:

Maggie Mahar is a longtime financial journalist and author of Bull! A History of the Boom, 1982-1999: What Drove the Breakneck Market—and What Every Investor Needs to Know about Financial Cycles. The book focuses on a historic era for the bull market in U.S. stocks during the 1990s. In addition to explaining how the bull market came to be, the author also writes about investment planning for the inevitable bear market. Referring to the book as "exceptional" in a review in the Library Journal, Lawrence R. Maxted also noted that the author "takes complicated topics and explains them clearly for the average reader." A Publishers Weekly contributor wrote that "Mahar's unblinking assessment of the self-delusions rampant during a bull market will help many understand how the golden egg they thought they held now has begun to smell rotten."

In her next book, Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much, Mahar outlines how American health care went from single-doctor, low-cost care to a profit-driven system that has produced an overly expensive product for consumers and huge profits for shareholders. David Siegfried, writing in Booklist, commented that the author "is to be praised for bringing clarity to one of the most complex issues of our times." Library Journal contributor Dick Maxwell wrote that the author's "research and interviews are extensive, up-to-date, and well documented, and her writing style is lively and engaging."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Booklist, November 1, 2003, Mary Whaley, review of Bull! A History of the Boom, 1982-1999: What Drove the Breakneck Market—and What Every Investor Needs to Know about Financial Cycles, p. 465; May 15, 2006, David Siegfried, review of Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much, p. 11.

British Medical Journal, September 2, 2006, Jeanne Lenzer, review of Money-Driven Medicine, p. 504.

Business History Review, spring, 2004, Maury Klein, review of Bull!.

Business Record, (Des Moines, IA), November 17, 2003, review of Bull!.

Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, April 1, 2004, W.S. Curran, review of Bull!, p. 1521.

Health Affairs, January-February, 2007, Paul B. Ginsburg, review of Money-Driven Medicine, pp. 287-288.

Library Journal, November 1, 2003, Lawrence R. Maxted, review of Bull!, p. 94; May 1, 2006, Dick Maxwell, review of Money-Driven Medicine, p. 113.

New York Times Book Review, October 12, 2006, Paul Krugman, review of Bull!.

Publishers Weekly, October 6, 2003, review of Bull!, p. 70; November 17, 2003, review of Bull!, p. 32; March 27, 2006, review of Money-Driven Medicine, p. 71.

Reference & Research Book News, February 1, 2004, review of Bull!, p. 118.

SciTech Book News, September 1, 2006, review of Money-Driven Medicine.

ONLINE

HarperCollins Web site,http://www.harpercollins.com/ (May 21, 2007), brief profile of author.

ValueSeeker.Net Blog,http://iamamazing.wordpress.com/ (October 12, 2006), Eric Schleien, review of Bull!.