Business & Economics Book Reviews

PLAYING AGAINST THE HOUSE by James D. Walsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Walsh knows he's operating in 'a gray area of journalistic ethics,' and readers can decide whether he emerges on the right side."
A journalist navigates ethically tricky terrain as he helps attempt to organize union representation in Miami casinos. Read full book review >
DEAR CHAIRMAN by Jeff Gramm
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Now that shareholders have secured their right to exercise control, Gramm's compelling account raises questions about where and how the new situation will affect the continuing maximization of profits."
The rise and triumph of shareholder activism through the previously unpublished letters of some of the U.S.'s most successful investors. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"The old pep talk by another proficient motivational master, updated with references to Twitter, YouTube, and, of course, TED."
A self-help book from a communications coach and respected keynote speaker. Read full book review >
NARCONOMICS by Tom Wainwright
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A daring work of investigative journalism and a well-reasoned argument for smarter drug policies."
In his first book, seasoned journalist Wainwright asks a radical question: what if we stopped looking at drug cartels as armies of faceless gangsters and instead analyzed them as innovative global businesses? Read full book review >
SMALL DATA by Martin Lindstrom
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Lindstrom's uncanny ability to detect and decipher seemingly unrelated clues will inspire reporters and detectives as well as companies looking for ways to develop new products and ideas."
A leading marketing guru recounts his firsthand experiences investigating the lives of consumers to develop global branding strategies. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"An insider's cheerful, energetic examination of an industry that has changed dramatically in the last decade."
An account of the boom in oil and gas production in the United States. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Netizens and white-hat programmers will be familiar with Segal's arguments, but most policymakers will not—and they deserve wide discussion."
The director of the Council of Foreign Relations' cyberspace policy program warns that the days of the open Internet may be closing as the medium becomes increasingly lawless. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 2016

"The authors are necessarily forceful, and they offer a well-written must-read for those ready to give up hope about politics and government in the United States."
An examination of how "the rapid proliferation of a system akin to oligarchy—within our own country—threatens to cripple our march forward." Read full book review >
FROM SILK TO SILICON by Jeffrey E. Garten
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"Of interest to students of economic history, though less intellectually compelling than David Warsh's Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations (2006) or even Robert Allen's Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction (2011)."
Yale economic historian Garten (The Big Ten: The Big Emerging Markets and How They Will Change Our Lives, 1997, etc.) looks at 10 pioneers of the new global economy, from Genghis Khan to Deng Xiaoping.Read full book review >
POWERING FORWARD by Bill Ritter
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 2016

"Ritter lacks the pizzazz of Sernovitz, who sees another kind of energy revolution taking place, but he presents arguments cleanly and forcefully."
An informative why-and-how book about preventing climate change by making the transition to clean energy. Read full book review >
EVICTED by Matthew Desmond
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 2016

"This stunning, remarkable book—a scholar's 21st-century How the Other Half Lives—demands a wide audience."
A groundbreaking work on the central role of housing in the lives of the poor. Read full book review >
THROWING ROCKS AT THE GOOGLE BUS by Douglas Rushkoff
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 2016

"A powerful exposé of an underdiscussed downside to the digital revolution."
Rushkoff (Theory and Digital Economics/CUNY, Queens; Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, 2013, etc.) looks behind marketing hype to examine the nexus of digital technology and the economy.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 >