Business & Economics Book Reviews

LOAN SHARKS by Charles R. Geisst
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"Mostly for scholars of economic history and highly motivated lay readers."
A chronological account of money lending and loan sharking with an emphasis on practices in the United States in the past 200 years. Read full book review >
LEADING LADY by Stephen Galloway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A brisk, breezy look at the turbulent world of moviemaking."
A biography about a powerful former studio head. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"A tome that alternates between a useful exposé and a slog—best for HBS alumni and business historians."
A massively detailed history of Harvard Business School since its founding in 1908 and a searing critique of the school's impact on American capitalism. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE LABEL by Maureen Chiquet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"An inspirational but disjointed autobiography best suited for neophyte designers, budding fashionistas, and Chanel devotees."
A conversational memoir charting the rise of the former global CEO of Chanel. Read full book review >
FEAR CITY by Kim Phillips-Fein
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"Sobering, smart reading with many pointed lessons for activists."
New York may be an amusement park for the very rich these days, but as this grimly detailed historical account reveals, there was a time…. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A powerful argument for reducing inequality and revolutionizing how we use the Web for the benefit of the many rather than the few."
When American representative democracy collapses, blame it on Facebook. Read full book review >
DRAWDOWN by Paul Hawken
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"An optimistic program for getting out of our current mess, well deserving of the broadest possible readership."
Be kindly unto the scientists, for they may just save our skin—and make us happier and wealthier in the bargain. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"Whether this is an exercise in thinking globally and acting locally or vice versa, a thoughtful, eminently reasonable set of proposals for saving New York—and therefore the world."
Just in time for Earth Day, yes, a hopeful book of strategies for delivering the planet from our worst environmental depredations. Read full book review >
JANESVILLE by Amy  Goldstein
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"A simultaneously enlightening and disturbing look at working-class lives in America's heartland."
A Midwestern town struggles to survive in the aftermath of an economic disaster. Read full book review >
DOUBLE BIND by Robin Romm
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thoughtfully provocative anthology."
Romm (MFA Program/Warren Wilson Coll.; The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks, 2009, etc.) gathers essays by successful women about the meaning of ambition in their lives. Read full book review >
THE LAND OF ENTERPRISE by Benjamin C. Waterhouse
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"Though plagued by repetition, the book offers persuasive reasoning to support the author's thesis."
A historian makes his case that the story of private enterprise has been undervalued as a window into the history of the United States. Read full book review >
THE GIVERS by David Callahan
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"An eye-opening view of a vast sector of the economy that lies in the shadows but has undue influence, for ill or good."
Intriguing look at the world of big-ticket philanthropy, which shows promise of surpassing much governmental social-service spending in the near future. 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 >