Business & Economics Book Reviews

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 >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 16, 2015

"A practical overview of the untapped potentials of a substantial part of the economy."
An argument against bringing large corporations to local communities through tax incentives and grants, an approach the author claims is destructive to employment and investment. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 14, 2015

"Never fails to bring gratuitous academic heft to the instinctive, ancient principles of simple bartering."
Business school professors attempt to teach the art of negotiation with a mix of psychology and basic economic logic. Read full book review >
STRAIGHT TO HELL by John LeFevre
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"Reading this book-length swagger, you'd be forgiven for keeping your money under the mattress henceforth. But if LeFevre is truly hell-bound, as his title suggests, then it's for indifferent writing as much as for any fiscal peccadilloes."
A scattershot syllabus for billionaire boys-club bankers in Bad Behavior 101. "As we see it," writes LeFevre, "if you're dumb enough to get caught cheating, you probably don't belong on Wall Street." Read full book review >
ZEROZEROZERO by Roberto Saviano
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 14, 2015

"Saviano says he can no longer look at a beach or a map without seeing cocaine, and many will share that view after reading this dark, relentless, hyperreal report."
An inside account of the international cocaine trade. Read full book review >
CHARITY DETOX by Robert D. Lupton
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 7, 2015

"Radical new methods that could take charity to a new, more effective level."
New ideas and approaches toward charity. Read full book review >
TEAM GENIUS by Richard Karlgaard
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 7, 2015

"An intriguing counter to the excesses of both individualism and organizations."
An exploration of the importance of teams in human activity. Read full book review >
THE ACHIEVEMENT HABIT by Bernard Roth
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 7, 2015

"Effective methods to help in the process of making positive changes in one's life."
Tested methods for obtaining the life you really want. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >