Business & Economics Book Reviews

GEEK GIRL RISING by Samantha Walravens
NON-FICTION
Released: May 23, 2017

"A well-organized if sometimes-superficial survey of the successes and occasional failures of women working in what has traditionally been a male-dominated field."
Concentrating on the years 2014 through 2016, journalists Cabot and Walravens (editor: Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood, 2011) tell the stories of dozens of women who are working in or leading tech companies. Read full book review >
FASTER, HIGHER, FARTHER by Jack  Ewing
NON-FICTION
Released: May 23, 2017

"A shocking, sobering story—and, given the current anti-regulatory mood, one likely to be repeated."
An exposé of the scandal that threatened to bring one of the world's greatest automobile manufacturers to ruin. Read full book review >

WILD RIDE by Adam Lashinsky
Released: May 23, 2017

"A straightforward journalistic examination of a fast-tracked, controversial company and its headstrong leader."
The rise and plateau of the global ride-sharing industry's biggest player. Read full book review >
THE END OF LOYALTY by Rick Wartzman
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"A lively history with relevance to every worker."
A sharp-edged examination of why large American employers shifted from loyalty to their workers to loyalty focused primarily on stockholders. Read full book review >
AN UNLIKELY AUDIENCE by William Lafi Youmans
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2017

"An interesting but very academic history of a polarizing media presence."
The rise and fall and plateau of a controversial media outlet's attempt to penetrate the American market. Read full book review >

MAKING RENT IN BED-STUY by Brandon  Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A thought-provoking examination of the millennial black experience in the first decade of the 21st century."
Race and identity loom large in Harris' highly personal and equally cerebral retrospective of his early days treading the streets of Brooklyn. Read full book review >
THE LEAST AMONG US by Rosa L.  DeLauro
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"An impassioned, urgent defense of democratic values and the role of government to serve and benefit all citizens."
What is the purpose of government? As longtime Connecticut congresswoman DeLauro answers quite simply, the purpose is to use legislative power to protect, aid, and fight for the country's most vulnerable and at-risk citizens. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"As Essex succinctly demonstrates, since consumers will continue to buy and companies still have large budgets to promote, ingenuity can find a way to promote value."
The death of advertising requires a creative resurrection. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"An eye-opening examination of the many ways money can be made—and disappear."
Can we time the market? No, but this timely book by an investment executive and CNBC contributor gives some idea of how various the triggers for its collapse can be. Read full book review >
YOUNG RADICALS by Jeremy  McCarter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A brisk pace and sympathetic portraits make for an entertaining, well-researched history of a decade marked by ebullience, hope, and pain."
In the decade before World War I, five rebellious Americans took up the cause of socialism, progressivism, and women's suffrage. Read full book review >
THE ONE DEVICE by Brian  Merchant
Released: June 20, 2017

"Merchant's story takes sometimes-unexpected turns, but in the end, he paints a thoughtful portrait of how a piece of reigning technology became ubiquitous in just a decade, for good and ill."
Wide-ranging history of the iPhone, which might just be "the pinnacle product of all of capitalism to this point." Read full book review >
VANISHING NEW YORK by Jeremiah  Moss
Released: July 25, 2017

"Maddening if you're not mega-wealthy, and a vigorous, righteously indignant book that would do Jane Jacobs proud."
The Big Apple is morphing into a class-war amusement park for the very rich. Thus this irate argument for remaking it into a city for the rest of us. 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 >