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Bennett, a regular contributor to Franchise Times magazine, joins with Babcock (International Inst. for Franchise Education, Nova Southeastern Univ.) to offer a comprehensive volume on the subject of selecting and owning a business franchise. Structured in five parts, the book walks readers through determining if franchising is right for them, describing the different types of franchises (fast food, retail, etc.), the investigation, the buying process, and the immediate post-purchase period. It closes with a partial directory of franchises pulled from the top performers list of the Franchise Times. There's a strong emphasis on the time and capital investment involved, which is significant, and the authors don't shy away from discussing the stress franchising can put on relationships. Still, the consequences of not succeeding don't get much attention, and the experiences of top franchisers are strangely absent (there are no testimonials from any of the listed top-ten fast food franchises). As a starter guide for someone looking at franchising as an investment opportunity, however, this book is perfectly serviceable and is recommended for larger collections.