Business & Economics Book Reviews

LIGHTING THE WORLD by Jim Rogers
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A passionate, but not ideological, argument that offers a practical approach to solving real problems."
The former chairman, president, and CEO of Duke Energy, the largest electric power company in the United States, argues that access to clean, sustainable electricity should be a basic human right. Read full book review >
BILLION-DOLLAR BALL by Gilbert M. Gaul
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Gaul's reporting is unassailable, but watch as his conclusions stir up a furor in the sports press. You don't even have to hate football to find this book valuable—and certainly worth reading."
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Gaul (Giant Steps, 1993) follows the money straight into the end zone, locker room, and alumni skybox.Read full book review >

GREEN GIANTS by E. Freya Williams
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 19, 2015

"A densely referenced and immersive endorsement for the durability and humanitarianism of business ventures retrofitted for sustainability."
How forward-thinking, eco-conscious businesses grew into lucrative success stories. Read full book review >
COLLABORATIVE INTELLIGENCE by Dawna Markova
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Provocative but open to the charge of one-sided overcorrection."
Consultant Markova (Wide Open: On Living with Purpose and Passion, 2008, etc.) and co-author McArthur argue that current thinking about leadership methods must change in the coming century.Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A hackle-raising book about nature and human nature, venality and justice, and how disasters—before, during, and after—sharply mirror society."
How the most significant deleterious factor in natural disasters may be the human element. Read full book review >

Clientelligence by Michael B. Rynowecer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Deftly written and well-presented; principals of any service firm will appreciate this treasure trove of useful intelligence for business improvement."
An in-depth study of what it takes to develop and maintain superior relationships with clients. Read full book review >
THE RICHEST MAN WHO EVER LIVED by Greg Steinmetz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A straightforward, engaging look at this 'German Rockefeller.'"
An intriguing exploration of the life of an Augsburg moneylender as a prototypical capitalist in the modern mold. Read full book review >
THE PROFESSOR IS IN by Karen Kelsky
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"For those students—and anyone who cares about them—this cogent, illuminating book will be indispensable."
Practical advice for job-seeking graduate students. Read full book review >
BOSS LIFE by Paul Downs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Refreshingly absent of bulleted lists and sidebars, this is a welcome addition to the literature of business ownership. Read it—and then get help."
Want to be your own boss? You might think twice after reading this large-hearted memoir from a frequently exasperated business owner. Read full book review >
WEALTH SECRETS OF THE ONE PERCENT by Sam Wilkin
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Against this backdrop, so-called natural monopolies like Microsoft look benign. Eye-opening and sure to make libertarian heads explode."
Of robber barons, monopsonists, and oligarchs, in which it's revealed that the free market is anything but free. Read full book review >
THE ECONOMICS OF INEQUALITY by Thomas Piketty
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Not for the numerically faint of heart, and those who are numerate may argue at points—just as Piketty's masterwork has inspired controversy. Still, a discussion worth having and a book worth reading."
In a work that is aligned with but antecedent to his grand synthesis, Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013), French economist Piketty examines the structural causes of inequality.Read full book review >
What the Enemy Thinks by Gail Picco
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 30, 2015

"Overdrawn yet readable portrait of collective advocacy and friendship at work, spearheaded by a valiant, relatable protagonist."
Former women's shelter counselor Picco, in her debut, traces the intertwining business and personal lives of an altruistic media consultancy executive. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >