Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 168)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"Expect fierce outcries from the Walden crowd."
Wonderful splashes of ice water to chill the hearts and dampen the enthusiasm of the most die-hard environmentalists. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Griffin overlays a message of almost unrelieved sorrow, fear, and anger with a distasteful superiority of tone that is unlikely to win her converts. (Author tour)"
Griffin (A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War, 1992, etc.) calls for a recovery of the sense of meaning that ties human existence to the physical earth and the universe. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Coherent if run-of-the-mill counsel from a don who could learn a thing or two from the sophisticated perspectives in Kenichi Ohmae's The End of the Nation State (p. 691). (First serial to Harvard Business Review; author tour)"
An academic's generic advisories on what, with awesome self- assurance but no particularly fresh insights, she asserts it will take commercial enterprises and their host communities to prosper in the Global Village's increasingly interdependent economy. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"An informative and engrossing glimpse of whats behind the small wonders of an advanced consumer society. (First printing of 50,000)"
A journalist's bemused but revealing take on a hectic 12 months in the professional life of a Microsoft design/development team fashioning a new product intended to give the software colossus a jump start in the burgeoning multimedia market. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A credible worst-case evaluation of what slower economic growth has and could cost the American polity if the nation fails to regain its historic momentum."
Madrick looks into the vast vessel that is the US economy and pronounces it half emptyand draining. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"And once again Brockway poses that challenging and provocative question: Why don't they?"
Brockway (The End of Economic Man, 1991, etc.) provides here a selection from ten years of musings on ``The Dismal Science'' from his monthly column for The New Leader. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"No heavy lifting required."
Professional longshoreman and itinerant fruit picker Theriault punches in with a perspective that has been out of fashion lately: that of the worker who, he demonstrates, is entitled to some respect. Read full book review >
THE FALL OF THE PACKARD MOTOR CAR COMPANY by James A. Ward
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"At the end, one is left without an inkling as to whether Packard's collapse was an inevitable consequence of the radical industrial changes America experienced over the last century or merely an unfortunate series of avoidable managerial blunders. (51 illustrations, not seen)"
A well-researched, albeit dry and repetitive chronicle of the decline of one of America's most famous ``independents.'' Ward (History/Univ. of Tennessee) takes the reader on a 60- year historical ride, from Packard's introduction of the Model A in 1899 to its dissolution in 1958. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 30, 1995

"A savvy observer's episodic briefing on an ethnic group that bears watching in a world economy no longer constrained by sociopolitical frontiers."
An illuminating if impressionistic appreciation of the Overseas Chinese, mainland ÇmigrÇs who down through the ages have become an economic force throughout Southeast Asia and beyondnotably, on North America's West Coast. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 15, 1995

"Gans's analysis of the popular code word reads like a fascinating footnote; the rest of the book is familiar going."
Sociologist Gans (Columbia; Middle American Individualism, 1988, etc.) deconstructs the pejorative label "underclass'' and offers some pie-in-the-sky proposals for eliminating poverty in America. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 14, 1995

"A challenging, elegant exegesis that puts intellectual meat on the bones of Benjamin Franklin's tip to his fellow revolutionaries at the signing of the Declaration of Independence: 'We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.'"
Fukuyama offers a general theory of prosperity that provides provocative answers to certain of the questions he raised in The End of History and the Last Man (1992). Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 3, 1995

"A convincingly documented and thought-provoking audit of the high costs of government intervention in the free markets that have built America's enviably high standard of living. ($40,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A contrarian view of the much-maligned 1980s, from a University of Chicago economist who remains convinced that the US government was guilty of economic offenses far worse than any committed by the handful of putatively errant Wall Streeters it put in the dock. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >