Business & Economics Book Reviews

THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL by Jack Viertel
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An enlightening trip for lovers of musicals."
From overture to final curtain, a close look at how musicals work. Read full book review >
FORKED by Saru Jayaraman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A revealing exposé of the realities of restaurant work that makes a strong case for reform."
How diners can act on their ethical concerns each time they eat out. Read full book review >

ORIGINALS by Adam Grant
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A mixed bag but of interest to readers looking to jump-start their creative powers and raise quick-witted children."
A blend of old and new—and sometimes original—informs this pop-science piece on creativity and its discontents. Read full book review >
THE FUTURE WE WANT by Sarah Leonard
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Piquant, irksome, challenging, head-turning, maddening—a collection that successfully endeavors to get your blood pumping."
Leftist considerations of a number of contemporary sociopolitical issues, edited by Nation senior editor Leonard and Jacobin founding editor Sunkara.Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A passionate discussion of race and politics sure to inspire heated debate and, hopefully, proactive solutions."
An activist treatise on how shifting American demographics are changing the political climate. Read full book review >

THE INDUSTRIES OF THE FUTURE by Alec Ross
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Discerning insights on approaching changes to our economic and social landscapes and solid advice on how we should navigate them."
From the former Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a survey of technologies that will dominate the global economy in the coming decades. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Optimistic and full of good intentions: a book for green-money investors and consumers bent on putting their money to work in positive ways."
A new specter of capitalism looms, portending an era of social responsibility instead of Gilded Age greed. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Fiscal-policy wonks will find this look at the financial system illuminating, though ordinary investors and civilians will find it daunting."
The chair of Barack Obama's Global Development Council warns that the economy is bound for more bumpiness, stress, and course-altering ahead, "potentially quite suddenly." Read full book review >
JUGGLING WITH KNIVES by Jim Jubak
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Solid advice for thoughtful investors."
Investment guru Jubak (The Jubak Picks: 50 Stocks that Will Rebuild Your Wealth & Safeguard Your Future, 2008, etc.) analyzes the growing volatility of both the financial markets and everyday life (jobs, housing, an aging population, climate change, etc.) and offers strategies for profiting in a topsy-turvy world.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A concise distillation of more than five decades of leadership knowledge—good reading for all of the 2016 presidential candidates."
The former secretary of defense offers insights into being an effective leader. Read full book review >
THE POWER OF FIFTY BITS by Bob Nease
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Although each strategy is common-sensical in its own right, taken together, they form a thoughtful, easy-to-digest approach for individuals and organizations seeking to foster better choices."
Useful advice on how to act on your good intentions. Read full book review >
THE END OF AVERAGE by Todd Rose
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"An intriguing view into the evolution and imperfections of our current system but lacking a clear path toward implementing the proposed principles of individuality."
Rose (Director, Mind, Brain, and Education Program/Harvard Univ.; Square Peg: My Story and What it Means for Raising Innovators, Visionaries, and Out-of-the-Box Thinkers, 2013) rejects the faulty benchmark of average and advocates for principles of individuality in schools and businesses. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >