Business & Economics Book Reviews

Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A rich, complex book that makes splendid use of data to trace the recent renaissance of city neighborhoods and how children and the poor flourish in a time of relative peace."
A sociologist's account of the "stunning" decline in urban American violence in the past two decades. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Equal parts advocacy and analysis—a welcome addition to the growing literature around the politics of welfare."
Algorithms, predictive models, regression analyses: all are tools for criminalizing the poor and immiserating the middle class. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Solid reportage and inspirational reading for those who imagine they can do it—whatever 'it' is—better."
Profiles in courage—at least the courage to challenge conventional wisdom and innovate successfully in a world of business and institutions that don't necessarily welcome change. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Thoroughly depressing—but urgent, necessary reading, at least for those who aren't true believers in the Trumpite cause."
If there's such a genre as anti-hagiography, Johnston (The Making of Donald Trump, 2016, etc.) adds materially to it with this new polemic against the sitting president. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A valuable compendium of responses to the shallow, classist hostility to public education."
A methodical dismantling of the coordinated tenets of the free market assault on public education. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 10, 2018

"An impressively synoptic introduction to a socio-economically significant problem."
An analytical critique of the American prison system coupled with practical strategies to reduce incarceration rates. Read full book review >
FIXING THE U.S. CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM by Paul Brakke
Released: Jan. 10, 2018

"A thorough and innovative look at a burgeoning national problem."
A book calls for the reform of the American criminal justice system. Read full book review >
OGILVY ON ADVERTISING IN THE DIGITAL AGE by Miles  Young
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A new bible for a new generation of pitchmen and -women. Young's treatise makes a fine modern marketing 101 textbook—and at far below textbook prices, too."
"The vast majority of content produced on the internet remains unread, unwatched, unseen, and unheard." So writes adman Young in this richly illustrated, well-argued manual on how to get the word out. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Engaging, useful, and sometimes annoyingly repetitious."
How some people achieve the "unforeseen blessing" of growth from adversity. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Of great interest to urban activists and workers at the interface of the public and private sectors, with much food for thought for investors as well."
An argument for decentralized government at the urban and municipal levels, where interesting economic and political trends are shaping up in the bargain. Read full book review >
WHEN TO JUMP by Mike Lewis
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"An easy reading book of supportive encouragement to follow one's dreams."
More than 40 career-changers tell their stories. Read full book review >
WHEN by Daniel H. Pink
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Solid science backed by sensible action points—good airplane reading for business travelers."
If you want a raise, ask the boss in the morning—but never at 2:55 in the afternoon. The reason? Ask pop-science writer Pink (To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, 2012, etc.), who examines what happens when in daily life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >