Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 176)

AGAINST THE GODS by Peter L. Bernstein
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 18, 1996

"A dense but compelling model of how the world works."
A history of probability from an economist and author of a history of Wall Street (Capital Ideas, 1991). Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"A persuasively stated case for addressing a consequential issue that's overdue for debate and action. (Author tour)"
An authoritative and alarming audit of the potentially bleak financial future faced by the 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964—who look forward to comfortable retirements. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

A fine addition to the growing literature that refutes the long-held idea that there is such a thing as ``general'' intelligence and that it can be quantified. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Though the book is rather plodding and offers vague philosophy instead of action, it does raise important questions about the internal life of the American worker."
A lengthy study of American workers and their relationship with money, though it lacks the spark of Wuthnow's foster father, Benjamin Franklin. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A tellingly detailed, often gossipy, and consistently absorbing case study on the largely self-induced eclipse of a commercial paragon, from journalists who know the territory. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A fine generation-spanning account of the unhappy fate of Schwinn, a family firm that for the better part of a century bestrode US bicycle business like a colossus. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Keynesian prescriptions for socioeconomic ills, real and imagined, which free markets have long since cured, curbed, or addressed."
Debt is the four-letter word Medoff (Economics/Harvard) and consultant Harless employ as a starting point for their overwrought, well-nigh hysterical critique of the socioeconomic status quo in America. Read full book review >
KENNETH JAY LANE by Kenneth Jay Lane
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Now, writing with Miller, he shares the secrets of his inspirations and creations. (Abrams; $35.00; Oct.; 160 pages; ISBN 0-8109-3579-1; color and b&w photos)"
If you're just a little bored with Tiffany's (a girl can use only so many tasteful diamonds, after all), here's a change: Kenneth Jay Lane: Faking It, the fabulous faker's tribute to himself and his 30-years-plus as a creator of wildly imaginative costume jewelry. Read full book review >
TUG OF WAR by Paul Erdman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"An accessible interpretive briefing on currency exchange rates and why they matter to a host of constituencies ranging from policy makers to consumers."
Though best known in recent years as the author of fiscal entertainments (Zero Coupon, 1993, etc.), the Canadian-born Erdman is a bona fide economist and former Swiss banker. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 27, 1996

"Straightforward and insightful, Reid-Merritt's study offers valuable insights into a significant subject. (Author tour)"
A provocative investigation into the lives of African-American women who have achieved leadership roles in American society despite the barriers of sexism and racism. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY AND DISAGREEMENT by Amy Gutmann
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 15, 1996

"All this makes for fascinating, engaged reading—but always with the caveat that the authors' vision of a thoughtfully conversational politics is the unlikeliest of pipe dreams."
An imaginative program for recasting the conduct of American political dialogue. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 9, 1996

"An uncommonly sensible challenge to conventional wisdom on a complex issue that's sure to be a focus of partisan debate in the 1996 presidential election and beyond."
A career technocrat's immensely informative, albeit against- the-grain, analysis of the perceived problems of federal budget deficits. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Although it's not clear whether the electric car is the real thing, this business adventure story has heroes, a villain or two, and genuine hope for the future. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Allowed complete access to GM's top-secret electric-car project, Shnayerson tells the story of the assorted VPs and engineers as if this were a thriller. 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 >