Business & Economics Book Reviews

HOLACRACY by Brian J. Robertson
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 2, 2015

"Despite some intriguing nuggets scattered throughout, this book is a booster piece seemingly based on science but proposing a remedy for not adequately specified conditions."
An introduction to a new kind of corporate management system modeled on the self-organizing structures of organic matter. Read full book review >
WHY INFORMATION GROWS by César Hidalgo
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 2, 2015

"Some readers, perhaps economists especially, will construe Hidalgo's widely allusive musings as dotty dispatches from Jonathan Swift's Laputa; others will delight in his novel, holistic take on the dismal science."
An interdisciplinary theorist, Hidalgo, the Macro Connections group leader at the MIT Media Lab, invites us to understand the economy in an entirely different way. Read full book review >

THE FULL CATASTROPHE by James Angelos
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 2, 2015

"A candid, unsparing look at the challenges Greece has yet to overcome."
Endemic problems plague a proud country. Read full book review >
WHO GETS WHAT—AND WHY by Alvin E. Roth
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 2, 2015

"An exciting practical approach to economics that enables both individuals and institutions to achieve their goals without running afoul of the profit motive."
The co-recipient of the 2012 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences introduces what he calls the new economics of matchmaking and market design. Read full book review >
AMERICAN ENTERPRISE by Andy Serwer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 26, 2015

"An attractively presented guide and showcase to the museum and to business history."
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History provides an illustrated overview of the country's business history, including images of objects and artifacts in the museum's collections. Read full book review >

ALL YOU CAN PAY by Anna Bernasek
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 26, 2015

"Well informed and useful. The authors stress that the ultimate answer is 'you,' but will you read all the fine print to educate yourself?"
There have been plenty of warnings about corporations profiting from data and compromising privacy, but this straightforward analysis never succumbs to alarmism while letting the facts speak for themselves. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 26, 2015

"Certain to be a successful fundraiser, this somewhat rambling account is jampacked with convincing details of the author's experiences and portraits of people he admires."
The founder and director of Mary's Meals tells how that charity began and how it has grown into an organization that feeds hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren in countries around the world. Read full book review >
Non-Negotiable by Sam Silverstein
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 19, 2015

"Especially following a historic banking crisis, this is a timely lesson on the importance and commercial value of ethical commitment."
A practical business guide that advocates a correlation between success and integrity. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 19, 2015

"Readers may not be any less confused about the actual workings of Bitcoin, which remain murky, when finished with this book, but they will certainly know enough to make intelligent choices about whether to buy in or steer clear."
In which all that glitters is not gold—but the usual crowd of crooks and speculators is still part of the package. Read full book review >
MISBEHAVING by Richard H. Thaler
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 18, 2015

"Readers with even the remotest interest in how the world really works will enjoy this work of the dismal science pleasingly, and even exuberantly, done."
The dean of behavioral economics—the study of how people behave in practice rather than in theory when it comes to dollars and cents—gives a spry account of his field. Read full book review >
UNIVERSAL MAN by Richard Davenport-Hines
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"An admiring and nuanced book filled with insights into this scholar and man of action in all his complexity."
An unconventional biography of the brilliant economist who shaped British public life in the 20th century. Read full book review >
THE HAPPINESS INDUSTRY by William Davies
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 12, 2015

"Skillfully written intellectual entertainment—prime fodder for postmodern psychologists and New-Age thinkers alike."
Durable reportage on governmental and commercial attempts to influence and propagate national well-being. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Ace Atkins
June 2, 2015

P.I. Spenser, knight-errant of the Back Bay, returns in Kickback, the latest in the iconic New York Times–bestselling series from author Ace Atkins. What started out as a joke landed 17-year-old Dillon Yates in a lockdown juvenile facility in Boston Harbor. When he set up a prank Twitter account for his vice principal, he never dreamed he could be brought up on criminal charges, but that’s exactly what happened. This is Blackburn, Massachusetts, where zero tolerance for minors is a way of life. Leading the movement is tough-as-nails Judge Joe Scali, who gives speeches about getting tough on today’s wild youth. But Dillon’s mother, who knows other Blackburn kids who are doing hard time for minor infractions, isn’t buying Scali’s line. She hires Spenser to find the truth behind the draconian sentencing. “It’s great to see Spenser tackle a social evil with its roots in real life,” our reviewer writes. View video >