Business & Economics Book Reviews

Released: Oct. 11, 2017

"A potent book that gives faces and voices to trends that are too often reduced to cold statistics and academic analyses."
A humanized illumination of the challenges facing developing countries as climate change accelerates the race to the bottom. Read full book review >
SEEKING ADAM SMITH by Eli P. Cox III
NON-FICTION
Released: May 20, 2017

"A needed and overdue corrective, this book should be essential reading for business and economics scholars and for anyone interested in these subjects."
A business professor challenges the conventional belief that the father of economics endorsed key assumptions used to justify greed and oppose regulation. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"The author's humane proposal for economic reform, far from impractical, makes for provocative reading for development specialists."
A book to make Wall Street quake—if Wall Street paid attention to the developing world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A valuable blueprint for techies and others in a culture-change state of mind."
Microsoft CEO Nadella describes the empathetic leadership he hopes will spark a renaissance at the software giant in "the coming era of ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A lively and informative treatment in which one man's rise and fall opens a window onto a long-overlooked historical landscape in all its finely drawn detail."
How discovering the truth about her banker grandfather enabled the author to unlock much that has been forgotten about the Great Depression era. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A galvanizing forecast of global warming's endgame and a powerful indictment of America's current stance."
A well-researched and grim exploration of the connections between climate change and the political hostility toward the refugees it creates. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An unvarnished, overlong account of the facts behind America's newfound oil dominance."
The "darker side" of North Dakota's "shale oil revolution." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"The argument, accessible and without jargon, is more complex than the simple-minded anti-trade pact economic nationalism that has come to the fore in recent months, but it may still comfort everyone from Occupy Wall Street to the West Wing."
Just as Francis Fukuyama was wrong about history, this book of geopolitical wonkery has it, so all our assumptions about globalization are mistaken—and, perhaps worse, woefully out of date. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"At the edges where popular science and popular social criticism meet, with interesting if not always sharply limned arguments."
I want my MTV—and my doughnuts and my meth. Thus the American mind, racing to attain rewards that entire industries are glad to supply. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Geopolitics wonks will want to give attention to this urgent but nonsensationalized argument."
Wide-ranging study of China's re-emergence as a regional power in Asia after a long hiatus, thwarting the designs of other powers, including the United States and Russia. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An impressive monograph by two scholars well-positioned to examine the impact of religion on secular life."
Two biblical scholars combine to dig into the actions and words of the billionaire Green family, founders of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A vivid, highly disturbing narrative with relevance to current discussions of economic inequality and workplace safety."
The disheartening but well-told account of a grisly 1991 factory fire that exemplifies the social costs of institutional racism and "cheap" capitalism. 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 >