Business & Economics Book Reviews

THE GREAT SURGE by Steven Radelet
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"With strong global leadership, writes the author, these hopeful trends will continue. A good book for policymakers and readers interested in global current affairs."
An optimistic report on the unprecedented recent economic progress of the world's developing nations. Read full book review >
THE CON MEN by Terry Williams
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A thoroughly researched academic study accessible to general readers."
Two sociology professors' survey of New York con artists and how these reviled but crafty opportunists manage to make a living in the city's informal economy. Read full book review >

The Abolition of Cash by David R. Warwick
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 8, 2015

"A spirited argument to move beyond a cherished American institution, the physical dollar, into a digital payment future."
An intriguing, balanced study of a future cashless society. Read full book review >
Cycles of Intuition by I. Kostika
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 10, 2015

"A business fable uses transition in a family-run company as a catalyst for analysis and insight."
A father and son evaluate the operations of their family business. Read full book review >
Shift by Haydn Shaughnessy
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"Engages some worthwhile themes, often tangled in dense prose."
A scholarly look at how technology has radically transformed the world of commerce, coupled with advice for how to navigate this new landscape. Read full book review >

What the Enemy Thinks by Gail Picco
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 30, 2015

"Overdrawn yet readable portrait of collective advocacy and friendship at work, spearheaded by a valiant, relatable protagonist."
Former women's shelter counselor Picco, in her debut, traces the intertwining business and personal lives of an altruistic media consultancy executive. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"As we head into the presidential primary season, Greenberg's book couldn't be timelier, more disturbing for the Republicans, or more challenging for those looking to lead the Democrats."
A prominent Democratic strategist and pollster lays out a reform agenda for the future. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A levelheaded, well-researched analysis of the many 'trappings of contemporary breastfeeding culture.'"
The pros and cons of using breast milk instead of formula for your baby. Read full book review >
NO MORE CHAMPAGNE by David Lough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Moving in a stringent chronology, the author's impressive nuts-and-bolts account finds Churchill's golden years crowned by selling his memoirs and film rights."
Just when you thought there could not be another angle to this endlessly fascinating character, here's a serious, thorough look at Winston Churchill's lifelong struggle to pay the bills. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"The author is not much of a prose stylist, but he gives enough historical evidence to back the theory that political and social change are in the hands of activists willing to make a stand against conventional practices."
Thoughts on how "alternative institutions" could revamp American society. Read full book review >
It's My Pleasure by Dee Ann Turner
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"An excellent resource for anyone tasked with the professional management of others."
A blueprint for fostering a workplace environment that's conducive to both success and moral development. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 16, 2014

"A professionally packaged, well-written guide for people involved in financial decisions."
A handy, deskside reference on various types of corporate financing. 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 >