Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 174)

BACK FROM THE BRINK by Steven K. Beckner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 1997

"No doubt Alan Greenspan will be one of the most appreciative of those readers."
A detailed and sometimes fawning account of Alan Greenspan's chairmanship of the Federal Reserve Board. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"An entertaining, on-the-money introduction to precisely what makes the world go 'round. (Author tour)"
An engagingly digressive audit of the mediums of exchange humankind has used and abused down through the years, from anthropologist Weatherford (Savages and Civilization, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Abraham the dreamer felt cut from honest cloth; Abraham the overachiever, who has won out by book's end, is a bad copy."
A heartfelt but ultimately tedious journey of discovery for two corporate execs who shuck the rat race and hit the road. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

Lingering over a cup of coffee and a newspaper at Boston's Someday Cafe, Cohen (Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World, 1994) immerses herself in a Proustian rumination on the origins of the familiar: glass, paper, coffee beans. ``Who made this thing? Read full book review >
MAYE & FAYE'S BUILDING & LOAN by Maye Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Hooray for Maye and Faye, but their story, unfortunately, is a magazine article stretched too far. ($65,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Small-town values—integrity, responsibility, neighborliness, hard work—prevail in the success story of two sisters from West Virginia. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Vincent Foster'' in a vitriolic attack on the Clintons) raise questions about their objectivity, you have to respect authors who boldly state their convictions and predictions. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
In this combination of sweeping metahistory and myopic self- interest some statements are penetrating, others appalling, and all are astonishing. Read full book review >
ANDRÉ CITROEN by John Reynolds
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 20, 1997

"Flat and unrevealing. (b&w photos)"
An uncritical biography of one of France's premier automakers, from a British journalist who takes a far greater interest in machines than in men or women. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"A savvy observer's perceptive (and optimistic) take on a populous part of the world that remains an afterthought for most North Americans."
An intriguing, discursive inquiry into the variant wealth of Latin and North American nations, from a former foreign aid official who knows the territory. Read full book review >
THE BANKERS by Martin Mayer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 13, 1997

"Engrossing and perceptive perspectives on developments that could signal the twilight of traditional over-the-counter banking."
Much has happened to America's depository institutions in the more than two decades since Mayer wrote The Bankers, and his elegant update provides an informed guide to the convulsive change that has brought a remote, buttoned-down profession into the rowdy, high-tech world of financial services. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 6, 1997

"A bright spotlight cast on some very murky doings. (b&w illustrations)"
This thoroughgoing, even encyclopedic, history of insurance fraud in America is a first-rate, ripping yarn. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 5, 1997

"A thoughtful, provocative, and accessible book that should inspire much discussion in green circles."
An impassioned, well-defended argument for solar power in the place of our current fossil-fuel-based economy. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A tellingly detailed tract that could spark a new debate as to whether the World Bank is of any earthly use as presently organized."
A damning audit of the World Bank, which the author charges has failed to live up to either the limited purposes envisioned by its founders or the broader ambitions of latter-day administrators. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >