Business & Economics Book Reviews

Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Walt's call for a greatly reduced military presence overseas will appeal to many readers, though his book will find many critics inside the Beltway and his own Harvard Yard."
Want someone to blame for Iraq and Afghanistan? Blame the purveyors of "liberal hegemony," whose blunders paved the way for Donald Trump. Read full book review >
CAPITALISM IN AMERICA by Alan Greenspan
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Not without biases, but a smart and engaging look at the workings of the economic machine under various regimes, isolationist and internationalist alike."
Everyone's favorite Randian economist explains the rise of American economic supremacy and worries for its passing. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Essential business reading, with advice on how manufacturers can join the AM bandwagon."
How 3-D printing and related technologies will soon "transform the way practically everything is made." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A little more storytelling and reporting might have made this an even more compelling narrative, but this is an incisive and useful narrative on the puzzle of urban development."
A brief, cogent analysis of gentrification in Chicago. Read full book review >
NONCOMPLIANT by Carmen Segarra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A significant account told in a disappointing manner."
A federal financial watchdog within Goldman Sachs chronicles her decision to become a whistleblower. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Not much to surprise politically aware readers, but a solid appeal to small-r republican virtues and an altogether readable polemic."
A gimlet-eyed look at the mean corridors of power in Washington, with a welcome reminder that this, too, shall—might?—pass. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"An invaluable collection of sales veterans' wisdom."
A series of firsthand accounts describing various facets of the sales world. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"A fascinating way to look at the fracturing of a nation presumed to be united; it's one that offers little hope for less polarization anytime soon."
Big data comes to the service of big generalizations about American tribes, and it speaks volumes about how we divide along many fronts, not least of them political. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Wonkish but of broad interest to students of geopolitics, international affairs, and economics."
The longtime political journalist limns the rise of Trumpian nationalism in the face of a bewilderingly global world. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Marshall is a skilled explainer of the world as it is, and geography buffs will be pleased by his latest."
Former Sky News diplomatic editor Marshall (A Flag Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of National Symbols, 2017, etc.) looks at the human penchant for us-and-them division. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"A welcome plan from a wealthy man with empathy for the less fortunate."
The founder and general counsel of the nonprofit organization Prosperity Now explains how providing a few thousand dollars to every American family without a current financial cushion could move the entire nation toward economic health. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Students of inequality and demographics will find powerful anecdotal evidence for how the changing cityscape brings both harm and good."
Whither San Francisco? The way of all places, it seems, overrun by high tech and big money, the familiar villains of this oral history-based portrait. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >