Business & Economics Book Reviews

KING CON by Paul Willetts
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"With the rise of identity theft, celebrity worship, and manipulative social media, this sprightly story of a legendary con artist's outrageous successes becomes a cautionary tale for the digital age."
The absorbing tale of a Jazz Age grifter named Edgar Laplante, who posed as an American Indian and gained extravagant wealth and worldwide fame. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"An exposé that might lead readers to stash their savings under a mattress."
A relentless exposé of the 200-year-old banking enterprise. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Fine reading for community activists seeking to expand the social infrastructure of their own home places."
Want to cut down on crime? Install a community garden, increase public library funding, and start talking to your neighbors. Read full book review >
FARSIGHTED by Steven Johnson
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Close readers will undoubtedly learn to look carefully before leaping."
The bestselling science writer explores the elements of complex decision-making. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A complex and nuanced academic book."
A sociologist examines how affluent white children think about race. Read full book review >

Released: June 12, 2018

"A brisk and thought-provoking anatomy of shopping in the 21st century."
A study of the fraught world of retail in the age of Amazon. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2018

"An impressive, well-told tale that illuminates several essential tenets of management."
A debut business book that uses a story of a new hire to distill business leadership into easily understood principles. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A discerning history of the quest for self-knowledge."
An illuminating dual biography of two women who invented a hugely popular personality test. Read full book review >
LEAN BUT NOT MEAN by Anil K. Singhal

"An honest, engaging work of management wisdom."
A software company CEO makes an impassioned case for kinder, gentler business management. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An exemplary Google AdWords manual that could easily prevent costly mistakes and help boost profits."
This how-to guide cracks the code of Google AdWords. Read full book review >
Released: May 3, 2018

"A marvelously succinct introduction to entrepreneurship."
A wide-ranging discussion of how to create thriving entrepreneurial communities with the assistance of online education. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"It's a fascinating story of widespread malfeasance, but readers hoping for crisp, incisive reporting will be disappointed."
On the trail of a French psychic who ran an international scam that preyed on some of society's most vulnerable people. 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 >