Business & Economics Book Reviews

Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"An urgent, eye-opening look at a problem that promises to grow much worse in the face of inaction and indifference.
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Harrowing travels through the land of the hypermedicated, courtesy of hopelessness, poverty, and large pharmaceutical companies. Read full book review >
CRASHED by Adam Tooze
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"First-rate financial history and an admirable effort to wrestle a world-changing series of events between covers."
What happens when the walls of Wall Street come crashing down? Donald Trump, for one thing. A long but not oppressive study blending politics, economics, and history. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"It's a fascinating story of widespread malfeasance, but readers hoping for crisp, incisive reporting will be disappointed."
On the trail of a French psychic who ran an international scam that preyed on some of society's most vulnerable people. Read full book review >
KING CON by Paul Willetts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"With the rise of identity theft, celebrity worship, and manipulative social media, this sprightly story of a legendary con artist's outrageous successes becomes a cautionary tale for the digital age."
The absorbing tale of a Jazz Age grifter named Edgar Laplante, who posed as an American Indian and gained extravagant wealth and worldwide fame. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"An exposé that might lead readers to stash their savings under a mattress."
A relentless exposé of the 200-year-old banking enterprise. Read full book review >

WHO WILL SPEAK FOR AMERICA? by Stephanie Feldman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 27, 2018

"A heartfelt and thoughtful collection."
Feldman (The Angel of Losses, 2014) and Popkin (Everything Is Borrowed, 2018, etc.) gather a medley of diverse voices to reflect on politics, society, and culture in contemporary America. Read full book review >
Released: July 26, 2018

"A valuable tool for the aspiring real estate tycoon."
A concise but comprehensive introduction to finding private capital for real estate investment. Read full book review >
BARONS OF THE SEA by Steven Ujifusa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"A vivid account of larger-than-life if not always attractive characters and a technological marvel that briefly captivated the Victorian world."
Fifty years before the robber barons, immense fortunes in the young United States flowed to great shipping firms, a brutal, sometimes lucrative, and technologically creative enterprise brilliantly chronicled by naval historian Ujifusa (A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S.S. United States, 2012). Read full book review >
Released: July 17, 2018

"Americans readers should look past the Britishness of the text to find a deliciously insightful, mildly skeptical analysis of internet data manipulation."
Further frighteningly convincing research about the data infiltrating our lives. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2018

"A lucid, step-by-step guide to personal and professional success—with vichyssoise mixed in."
A book combines a personal guide and business manual with a culinary story. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2018

"A useful primer on a highly contentious topic."
A journalist who focuses on economic policy explores the idea of reducing poverty through recurring government payments to every adult citizen. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2018

"The world of data as illuminated here would have scared George Orwell."
The former Secretary of Homeland Security surveys the brave new world of data collection and analysis and finds that both the legal system and international relations have yet to keep pace with technology. 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 >