Business & Economics Book Reviews

DNA of Mathematics by Mehran Basti
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 25, 2015

"Despite occasional nuggets of intrigue, wildly uneven and simply too disorganized to hold much interest or credibility."
Debut author Basti, a mathematician, explains the wide-ranging significance of Riccati differential equations frequently used in studies of motion in physics and engineering. 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 >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 9, 2015

"Spirited and straightforward; provides experience-based guidance to the enlightened investor."
This debut work presents a sophisticated, informed approach to investing. Read full book review >
CHICAGONOMICS by Lanny Ebenstein
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A detailed argument and an absorbing narrative combine in this important contribution to the field."
Ebenstein (Economics/Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; Milton Friedman: A Biography, 2007, etc.) explores the history and reputation of the Chicago School of Economics.Read full book review >
THE AGE OF ASPIRATION by Dilip Hiro
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"As comprehensive and knowledgeable as Hiro's earlier Inside India Today (1977; reissued 2013)."
An insider's economic report on the perils and scandals of India's precipitous drive into a market economy over the last decades. Read full book review >

FAST FORWARD by Melanne Verveer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A durable contribution to the continued efforts to effect change for women."
Two organizers of the contemporary global movement for women's rights demonstrate how they build networks and focus activities to create opportunities for women to exercise their rights. 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 >
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 >
HOW THE OTHER HALF BANKS by Mehrsa Baradaran
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A comprehensive addition to the ongoing discussions of both inequality and the financial system."
In this debut, Baradaran (Univ. of Georgia School of Law) charges that nearly half of the American population has been deprived of access to financial services at a fair price thanks to financial deregulation. Read full book review >
FOOLPROOF by Greg Ip
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A provocative challenge to the tendency to elevate ideology over thoughtfulness. The author amply shows how 'stability is blissful, but it may also be illusory, hiding the buildup of hidden risks or nurturing behavior that will bring the stability to an end.'"
Societies and economies "are not inherently stable," writes Wall Street Journal chief economics commentator Ip (The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World, 2010) in this eye-opening book about risk-taking and crisis.Read full book review >
AMERICA'S BANK by Roger Lowenstein
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Lowenstein doubts the Federal Reserve Act could be passed in today's volatile political climate, but he provides an unusually lucid history of our nation's central bank."
The story of the creation of the Federal Reserve. Read full book review >
INTERLOCK by Patricia Goldstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An exhausting deluge of information about a man many remember as a 'natural-born hustler.'"
A tormented artist's life and death. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >