Business & Economics Book Reviews

COOL by Steven Quartz
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 14, 2015

"Some points are more provocative than convincing, but the authors put a lively spin on an age-old argument."
A counterintuitive analysis suggesting that consumers instinctively know more about the value of the signals they are sending than their critics do. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A provocative account of the outsized contributions of these modern-day robber barons."
The co-authors of the bestselling Competing on Internet Time: Lessons from Netscape and Its Battle with Microsoft (1999) attempt to extract timeless principles of strategic leadership from the unique business-building skills of tech titans Bill Gates of Microsoft, Andrew Grove of Intel and Steve Jobs of Apple. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 14, 2015

"A practical and multilayered guide to running a company effectively and profitably."
A solid framework on how business works and how to be part of the game. Read full book review >
SMART MONEY by Andrew Palmer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 14, 2015

"An intriguing argument that can bear further study."
Palmer, the head of data journalism at the Economist, disagrees with those who see innovations like derivatives as responsible for recent financial bubbles and crashes, and he argues that the world needs even more financial innovation.Read full book review >
ONE NATION UNDER GOD by Kevin K. Kruse
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 7, 2015

"In a book for readers from both parties, Kruse ably demonstrates how the simple ornamental mottoes 'under God' and 'In God We Trust,' as well as the fight to define America as Christian, were parts of a clever business plan."
Kruse (History/Princeton Univ.; White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism, 2007, etc.) explains the links between capitalism and Christianity.Read full book review >

WORK RULES! by Laszlo Bock
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 7, 2015

"An intriguing profile of an innovative company that continues to shake up the world."
The head of "People Operations" at Google discusses how the company grew into a world leader in its field and why economics was not necessarily the primary driver of its development. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 7, 2015

"An intriguing report on unusual objectives pursued through outreach and debate."
Proceedings from the 2010 Mind & Life Institute conference, featuring dialogue with the Dalai Lama. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2015

"Less truly revelatory and more just a difference in tone and spirit than previous accounts."
A reframing of the biographical narrative of the late Apple visionary, from the perspectives of business journalists Schlender and Tetzeli and the associates of Jobs' they interviewed. Read full book review >
A FORCE FOR GOOD by John G. Taft
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 17, 2015

"An earnest exercise wherein all the right people say all the right things."
A corporate CEO and longtime champion of "enlightened finance" gathers essays from prominent academics, executives, regulators and politicians on reforming the financial services industry, making it "a consistent and positive force for social good." Read full book review >
COINED by Kabir Sehgal
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 10, 2015

"A lively account with an unconventional viewpoint."
Sehgal (Jazzocracy: Jazz, Democracy, and the Creation of a New American Mythology, 2008, etc.), a vice president for emerging market equities at J.P Morgan, opens up the toolbox of his trade in this wide-ranging discussion of money and its instrumental function through human history.Read full book review >
THE THIN GREEN LINE by Paul Sullivan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 10, 2015

"There's good how-to stuff here, but Sullivan's added value is his gentle insistence that wealth and money aren't synonyms."
Want to get rich? Stay in school and save your money. Read full book review >
CLIMATE SHOCK by Gernot Wagner
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 2015

"Specialized and a touch rarified but useful for policy workers in helping shape dollars-and-cents arguments about the environment and global climate."
"Most everything we know tells us climate change is bad. Most everything we don't know tells us it's probably much worse." So observe Environmental Defense Fund economist Wagner (But Will the Planet Notice?: How Smart Economics Can Save the World, 2011, etc.) and Weitzman (Economics/Harvard Univ.; Income, Wealth, and the Maximum Principle, 2003, etc.) in this dismal-science look at a very dismal subject indeed.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >