Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 168)

SONY by John Nathan
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 1999

"Insightful, probing, and extremely well-written; in the genre of business and company profiles, this is as good as it gets. (Author tour)"
A corporate biography that explores the complex, talented people who made a major company successful. Read full book review >
WASTE AND WANT by Susan Strasser
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"Rummaging through the trash barrel of history has unearthed some choice, if occasionally dry, morsels of 20th-century culture. (b&w photos)"
—By their trash shall you know them" is the theme of this research-driven exploration of the rubbish and refuse habits of more than two centuries of Americans. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 1999

"This company history is too undecided, too transitory, and too thin, a victim of its subject's own short life span rather than any fault or omission of the author. (First printing of 75,000; $100,000 ad/promo)"
As fast as computer companies emerge from their initial public offerings, books are being created to tout their stories. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 1999

"Fingleton's novel promotion of the value of manufacturing is crippled by unbalanced coverage and patronizing insults."
An economic polemic arguing that the information age is an overblown phenomenon. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 7, 1999

"A tale of breathtaking, even Homeric, scope, filled with greed, good intentions, and a collection of deeply flawed 'heroes'; scholars and the general reader will find ample reasons to rejoice."
Combining brilliant scholarship with a novelist's feel for human drama, Orey recounts how a determined group of lawyers and whistle-blowers brought the tobacco industry to its knees. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A brisk, accessible, and enlightening introduction to the effects of an aging population."
Wallace asks what happens to the world when the average age of the population goes up. Read full book review >
OLD MAN IN A BASEBALL CAP by Fred Rochlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Here, they come off as simply careless, pointless, and offensive."
Crude and often nonsensical, these stories of Rochlin's WWII experiences were written as monologues for his one-man show. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"8 pages photos, not seen)."
The heady days of haute couture are passing, says Wall Street Journal reporter Agins, and are being followed by name-brand mass marketing. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A dramatic and well-told adventure story, with the high seas and pirates replaced by carpeted office corridors and MBAs."
The detailed story of a strong-minded business leader and his battle to reverse the failing fortunes of a major international corporation. Read full book review >
LEADING BY DESIGN by Bertil Torekull
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"With no serious analysis given to IKEA's business problems, the book often seems as wobbly as do-it-yourself furniture assembled with the wrong tools and mismatched parts."
From Scandinavia comes a selective corporate history of IKEA, the international purveyor of furniture and housewares, interlarded with an idolatrous biography of its founder, Ingvar Kamprad (whose initials form the first half of the firm's name; the last two letters are for the Swedish places of origin). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 24, 1999

"A stimulating inquiry into the conflicting ways in which Americans have understood their dynamic and influential culture, more valuable for the paradigms and issues it raises than for the answers it provides."
Pulitzer-winning historian Kammen (Cornell; In the Past Lane, 1997; People of Paradox, 1972; etc.) offers a thoughtful essay on the evolution of leisure in America from the late 19th century to today. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1999

"While Internet stocks are ballooning, so are books about the players. Here's a strong entry in the genre, savvy and clever."
The growing subspecialty of business books that deals with the brainiac talents and picaresque entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley is upgraded to version 2.0 with this knowledgeable communiqué from cyberspace. 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 >