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"Shock Exchange" By Ralph W. Baker, Jr. Receives Honorable Mention At 2013 New York Book Festival

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BROOKLYN, N.Y., June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- "Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead" by Ralph W. Baker, Jr. received Honorable Mention for general non-fiction at the 2013 New York Book Festival. The honor represents high praise for a debut author. The festival considered published and self-published works including, but not limited to, non-fiction, fiction, children's books, young adult, poetry, science fiction, photography/art, spiritual, business, romance, cookbooks, and biography/autobiography. The panel of judges determined the winners based on (i) the story-telling ability of the author and (ii) the potential of the work to win wider recognition.

On Shock Exchange

Shock Exchange examines the stock market and U.S. economy through the eyes of the New York Shock Exchange, a financial literacy program Mr. Baker started in 2006 to share his passion for investing and basketball with his 11 year old son and other boys his age. And just as Mr. Baker suspected, with their ability to spot trends before adults, inner-city kids from Brooklyn knew more about investing than he, Peter Lynch, Bill Miller and every hedge fund manager on the planet. The kids' observations on the Great Recession - and the steps needed to address it - have been trumpeted by politicians, economists, Wall Street titans, and even the president. However, they conveniently forgot to cite the source of their information. But it's not over, the next recession will be more painful than the last.  For those interested in learning more about the pain ahead for the U.S. economy, the pending stock market crash or the cut-throat world of New York City grassroots basketball, Shock Exchange is a must read.

Meet Mr. Baker Saturday June 22 at Radisson Martinique Hotel

Mr. Baker received his B.A. in economics from Hampden-Sydney College (1989) and his MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia (1993). He has over 15 years of experience in corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Baker, who was also small college All-American in basketball, has one son, Ralph W. Baker III, and resides in Brooklyn, NY. He will speak on the New York Book Festival's "Writing About Your Life" panel, which takes place on Saturday June 22 at 1 p.m. The panel will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Radisson Martinique Hotel, 49 W. 32nd Street, New York 10001. "I am flattered by the New York Book Festival's high praise for Shock Exchange," Mr. Baker said. "The panel discussion offers me the unique opportunity to connect with readers and share my perspective on key characters from the book – Gramma, Grandpa, Grandma, Suzie and My Daddy. I'm excited."

Where To Purchase Shock Exchange

Shock Exchange is available electronically through distributors such as iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon Kindle, Sony and Kobo. The paperback version is sold through book vendors such as Bodart Company and Midwest Library Service, and the following bookstores and retailers:

Hampden-Sydney College Bookstore (434-223-6117) 

St. Mark's Bookshop (212-260-7853)

Media Contact: Ralph Baker, New York Shock Exchange, 917-597-6566,

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