Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 168)

SOTHEBY'S--BIDDING FOR CLASS by Robert Lacey
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1998

"As smooth, beguiling, and speedy as any auctioneer's patter, Lacey's account mounts in excitement, ending in Sotheby's successful sale of a slice of the duke and duchess of Windsor's wedding cake. (b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
If the world's oldest auction house is still reeling from the art smuggling sting in Peter Watson's Sotheby's: The Inside Story (1997), it won't enjoy Lacey's gossipy, page-turning history. Read full book review >
WHEN GOVERNMENT FAILS by Mark Baldassare
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1998

"Sober and sobering. (86 tables, one map, one line figure)"
paper 0-520-21486-2 A thorough academic study of the biggest government bankruptcy in US history. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"For good Hamptons gossip, read Steven Gaines's Philistines at the Hedgerow (p. 631). (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The author of Buckingham Babylon (1993) exposes more sin and scandal, in the usual tabloid way. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO KENNEDY by John Kenneth Galbraith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 1998

"Reports on politics in India and a military clash with China will be of moderate interest for students of south Asian politics, but ultimately there is little here to capture the attention of the general reader."
Collections of letters are precious when the correspondents are prominent and the content is of enduring value, for example the Adams/Jefferson letters. Read full book review >
MONEY AND MORALS IN AMERICA by Patricia O’Toole
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 13, 1998

"This book succeeds because O'Toole is serious about morality without being preachy and accepts the appeal of wealth without worshiping mammon while addressing a subject where Americans often do both."
A light look at a heavy subject, the conflicting imperatives of wealth and commonwealth. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1998

"Readers who like their Machiavellian theory dumbed down will find this book of value."
Historical anecdotes coupled with nostrums for the business-as-warfare crowd. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1998

"It deserves and will surely gain a wide audience. ($100,000 ad/promo; author tour; radio satellite tour)"
Consuming more now and enjoying it less? Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1998

"More than the average person would ever care to know about signage, but a serviceable history for lighting and marketing buffs nonetheless. (48 b&w photos, not seen)"
A fairly pedantic and at times self-serving walk through the signs of our times. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 27, 1998

"Nevertheless, Wasserstein's effort is informative and entertaining. (Radio satellite tour)"
Everything you could ever want to know about big business deals (as long as you don't want to think too deeply about them). Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 4, 1998

"Students of Indian policy will find this a useful reference. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen; 6 maps)"
A detail-packed survey of the manifold conquest of North America. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1998

"An archetypal text, true to life on the Street, destined to be discussed over drinks at trader hangouts after the market closes—and better than going tapioca. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
A Wall Street trader exercises a rich man's prerogative and offers financial advice and his life story. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >