Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John F. Wasik  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1957 in Grayslake, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Wasik was born in Grayslake, Illinois. He earned his B. A. and M. A. from the University of Illinois - Chicago and resides north of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Wasik, one of the leading personal financial journalists in the world. He has spoken all over the U.S. and has won 18 awards for his writing and investigative journalism. Covering topics that include investing, retirement. college planning, taxes and real estate, he focuses on how to bring balance to everyday life. His philosophy is that a sound "personal ecology'' can make anyone's life sustainable through a diversified harmony between, work, leisure, family and community. His speeches illustrate how money can become a servant in this process and create a prosperous and happy life. Wasik has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes,, and AARP Magazine. He was a columnist for Bloomberg News and Reuters, where his columns were published by newspapers on four continents.He holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in Communications from the University of Illinois-Chicago and is a certified retirement counselor (InFRE). He's also a member of SABEW, SPJ and The Chicago Headline Club. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Financial Post, The Washington Post, Reader's Digest, Parade, Barron's, Popular Science, Health, New York Newsday, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Pittsburgh Press, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, The Seattle Times, The Orange County Register and dozens of other papers.

Published Works

  • The Electronic Business Information Sourcebook, Wiley, 1987
  • The Green Supermarket Shopping Guide, Warner, 1995
  • Green Marketing & Management: A Global Perspective, Blackwell, 1996
  • The Investment Club Book, Warner, 1996
  • The Green Company Resource Guide, NCI, 1997
  • The Late-Start Investor, Holt, 1999
  • Retire Early and Live the Life You Want Now, Holt, 2000
  • The Kitchen-Table Investor, Holt, 2001
  • The Bear-Proof Investor, Owl, 2002
  • The Merchant of Power: Samuel Insull, Thomas Edison and the Creation of the Modern Metropolis, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006
  • i Money, 2008
  • The Audacity of Help, Bloomberg Press, 2009
  • The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome, Bloomberg Press, 2009
  • Keynes's Way to Wealth: Timeless Investment Lessons from The Great Economist, McGraw-Hill, 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

The electronic business information sourcebook /
ISBN: 0471624640. OCLC Number:

Wiley,. New York :. ©1987.

The green supermarket shopping guide /
ISBN: 0446364665. OCLC Number:

Warner Books,. New York :. ©1993.

Green marketing & management :
ISBN: 1557866341. OCLC Number:

Blackwell Business,. Cambridge, Mass. :. 1996.

The inve$tment club book /
ISBN: 0446671479. OCLC Number:

Warner Books,. New York :. ©1995.

The late-start investor :
ISBN: 0805055029. OCLC Number:

H. Holt,. New York :. 1998.

Retire early--and live the life you want now :
ISBN: 0805063498. OCLC Number:

Henry Holt,. New York :. 2000.

Describes a detailed plan for early retirement and gives practical advice on saving, investing, cost cutting, and setting retirement goals.

The kitchen-table investor :
ISBN: 0805066233. OCLC Number:

Henry Holt and Co.,. New York :. 2001.

The bear-proof investor :
ISBN: 0805070192. OCLC Number:

Henry Holt and Co.,. New York :. 2002.

The Merchant of power :
ISBN: 023060952X. OCLC Number:

Palgrave Macmillan,. New York, (N.Y.) :. 2009, ©2006.

IMoney :
ISBN: 0137127391. OCLC Number:

FT Press,. Upper Saddle River, N.J. :. ©2008.

The audacity of help :
ISBN: 1576603563. OCLC Number:

Bloomberg Press,. New York :. ©2009.

"The Audacity of Help explores how Barack Obama's campaign promises compare with the measures Congress has enacted, detailing what Obama has achieved and what is yet to be realized. The book evaluates how the stimulus package will affect health care, education, the environment, energy, taxes, and more, and includes analysis on which sectors will benefit most"--Provided by publisher.

The cul-de-sac syndrome :
ISBN: 1576603202. OCLC Number:

Bloomberg Press,. New York :. 2009.

"The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome explores why homeownership has become a fractured dream and presents ways to revive it. Combining analysis with insights into cultural and economic myths, the book provides an incisive look at the consequences of unsustainable lifestyle, exposing its economic, cultural, and market-related roots and the larger effects on the community, economy, and environment"--Provided by publisher.

Keynes's way to wealth :
ISBN: 0071815473. OCLC Number:

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"How John Maynard Keynes became one of the greatest stock investors of all time--and how you can replicate his successKeynes was not only one of the most influential economists of the 20th Century but also a savvy investor who financially advised Winston Churchill and FDR. Keynes's Way to Wealth presents the legendary economist's most powerful investment principles and strategies, including buying quality stocks and holding them, trading commodities, ignoring short-term news, building portfolios with opposed risks, the upside to being a contrarian, and the power of dividends. Including original research from the Keynes Archive at King's College, the book dissects what Keynes owned, how he bought and sold, and how his theories guided his decisions throughout his life. Ultimately, this is a guide to the portfolio management style of the most successful investors in the world, such as Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett, and Charles Munger--all of whom have adopted similar methods as Keynes. John Wasik has covered investor protection issues for more than a quarter century and won 18 awards for his work, most of it for investigations conducted during his 15-year tenure as a special projects editor at Consumers Digest magazine."--



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The author can be contacted via email or phone - 847-223-9814.