Business & Economics Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 7, 2018

"King's analysis of social issues, as delineated in Laurent's useful reappraisal, seems as relevant today."
In her debut book, Laurent (American Studies/Paris Institute of Political Studies) draws on extensive research into Martin Luther King Jr.'s writings, speeches, and papers as well as archival and published sources to make a strong argument that his campaign for social justice went beyond race to encompass broad, transformative social and economic changes for all poor Americans. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 5, 2018

"An astute and wide-ranging assessment of an urgent economic problem."
A writer offers an analysis of Fannie Mae's contribution to the 2008 mortgage crisis coupled with recommended reforms. Read full book review >

THE FUTURE OF CAPITALISM by Paul Collier
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A powerful, bracing call for a return to New Deal ethics in the age of Trump and Brexit."
A potent argument for "ethical capitalism," driven not only by greed, but by "moral purpose," to overcome deep societal rifts. Read full book review >
REVOLUTIONARY THREADS by Bobby Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"An engaging and challenging read."
A post-hardcore rock star, community activist, and social justice intellectual offers an alternative look at countercolonial history through the lens of the Rastafari movement. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A provocative book that lies on the edges of the self-help universe."
Power, money, sex: Those "mitochondrial imperatives" drive us, but the shell surrounding them can be tweaked to make the ride smoother. Read full book review >

SERIOUSLY CURIOUS by Tom Standage
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"A lively compendium of fun and facts."
Lucid answers to a wide variety of topical questions. Read full book review >
KEEPING AT IT by Paul Volcker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"An orderly, winning book from the economist whose Volcker Rule limits risk-taking by banks."
The former chairman of the Federal Reserve describes the "challenge and satisfactions of public service" and laments the "breakdown" of effective governance in the United States. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 18, 2018

"An iconoclastic, consistently wise breakdown of the inanities of corporate life."
A short report on the pitfalls of American business culture. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 15, 2018

"An interesting examination of the nature of movements 'half a million strong,' as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young declared."
An academic investigation into the weird, communal nature of rock festivals. Read full book review >
KICKBACK by David Montero
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A startling window into the bribery that shapes the world in which we live, including the major corporate players and government parties involved in the corruption."
Following the money to discover how corporate payoffs and billions of dollars in bribes have shaped current events. Read full book review >
THE CURSE OF BIGNESS by Tim Wu
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A valuable briefing on an underappreciated business problem, but it could use a bit of Roosevelt's hard-nosed attitude."
Should Amazon and Google be broken up like Standard Oil? Yes, argues legal scholar Wu (Columbia Law School; The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads, 2016, etc.), but breaking up is hard to do. Read full book review >
OIL, POWER, AND WAR by Matthieu Auzanneau
Released: Nov. 8, 2018

"Though lending itself to debate, this book is of considerable interest to students of energy economics, geopolitics, and modern history."
Thoroughgoing, politically charged study of the role of fossil fuels in world history. 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 >