Business & Economics Book Reviews

WEALTH, POVERTY AND POLITICS by Thomas Sowell
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"While Sowell offers no pat solutions, his implied argument that cultural considerations must inform any serious attempt at improving the economic prospects of an underperforming nation or group merits serious consideration."
A provocative analysis of the universal causes of economic success and failure. Read full book review >
FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD by Elmira Bayrasli
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A sharp, thought-provoking study."
A foreign policy/business expert examines how entrepreneurs in developing countries are revolutionizing "business, investment, economics, politics, and society." Read full book review >

SHAKY GROUND by Bethany McLean
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 14, 2015

"Readers of this maddening, sharp report will rightly wonder why Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been allowed to survive and why we can't do better."
The housing sector is a house of cards. Read full book review >
ONCE IN A GREAT CITY by David Maraniss
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An illuminating history of a golden era in a city desperately seeking to reclaim the glory."
Hot times in a raucous city. Read full book review >
A STRANGE BUSINESS by James Hamilton
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A fascinating, consistently entertaining exploration into the exploding business of 19th-century art."
A noted historian weaves a brilliantly colorful tapestry. Read full book review >

CAR WARS by John J. Fialka
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"An inspiring industrial comeback story infused with possibility."
An update on how the electric car is poised to emerge as the preferred, climate-friendly transportation of the future. Read full book review >
OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY by John Kay
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Sobering and lucid. If you're moved to keep your money in a sock after reading this, you'd have cause."
All's not well in the counting house, nor in a capitalist system grown increasingly unequal and corrosive. Read full book review >
NEW OLD WORLD by Pallavi Aiyar
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Fresh insight into how Europeans might learn valuable lessons from developing countries."
A longing for harmony and an embrace of multiculturalism mark this foreign correspondent's examination of the European situation as seen from Brussels. Read full book review >
UNFINISHED BUSINESS by Anne-Marie Slaughter
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Informative guidance on how men and women can come together in the workforce and at home."
One woman's vision on how to create gender equality for men and women. Read full book review >
SAVING CAPITALISM by Robert B. Reich
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Reich's overriding message is that we don't have to put up with things as they are. It's a useful and necessary one, if not likely to sway the powers that be to become more generous of their own volition."
An accessible examination of how the "apparent arbitrariness and unfairness of the economy [has] undermined the public's faith in its basic tenets." Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Serious readers will delight in these pages."
An unusually rewarding meditation on how a wild mushroom can help us see the world's ruined condition after the advent of modern capitalism. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An impassioned, intellectual, and vigorously dense report on the repercussions of severe socioeconomic imbalance in the United States."
Acclaimed inequality essayist and community activist Wise (Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, 2012, etc.) reports on the damage being incurred in America whereby "the have-nots and have-lessers are dehumanized while the elite are venerated."Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >