Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 168)

Released: May 1, 1993

"Credible—and potentially useful to many."
Conscientious, literate help for the ``millions of Americans'' who suffer from money-centered addictions. ``Like food and sex,'' says therapist Boundy, ``money is a powerful psychic symbol'' as well as a common focus of cravings. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1993

"Persuasive texts in this genre are few and far between, indeed. (Illustrations—not seen)"
Songwriting adman Backer (as in Backer Spielvogel Bates Worldwide) tells, in some detail, how he did it. Read full book review >

BEAR TRAP by Paul Gibson
Released: May 1, 1993

"Gibson goes hunting for bear—but his aim is way off the mark."
Haphazard critique much exaggerating the latter-day difficulties of the financial-services industry without addressing the implications of its ongoing—and convulsive—restructuring. Read full book review >
HIGH RISE by Jerry Adler
Released: April 28, 1993

"What Adler might have hoped would be a high-rolling success story stands now as a cautionary but no less entertaining tale of the Eighties' cockamamie hubris. (Photographs) (First serial to New York)"
Times Square was slated for ambitious redevelopment in the mid-1980's when real-estate developer Bruce Eichner set out to build a skyscraper at 1540 Broadway. Read full book review >
NO BREATHING ROOM by Grigori Medvedev
Released: April 26, 1993

"Of historical interest, since the Soviet bureaucracy Medvedev denounces no longer exists; but timely as well, since the nuclear industries of the post-Soviet republics appear to share many of the old regime's vices, while the ecological effects of the disaster continue."
In an account written before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the chief engineer of the Chernobyl nuclear plant at the time of its construction (in 1970) relates the grim aftermath of the 1986 disaster and the attempted cover-up by the Gorbachev regime. Read full book review >

Released: April 26, 1993

"Tough, timely talk: an important book on an increasingly hot topic."
In a book that's bound to be controversial, New Yorker staff writer Bonner (Weakness and Deceit, 1984) charges Western animal- rights activists with practicing ``eco-colonialism,'' which he deems as detrimental to the people of Africa as old-style colonialism. Read full book review >
Released: April 20, 1993

"A wonderful book. (Sixty-six photographs, drawings, and floor plans)"
Hawes's fine book, her first, employs architectural criticism, economic chronicle, and urban sociology to create a picture of how Manhattan turned from a series of pastures broken by single-family dwellings into a breathtaking erector set of multiple dwellings: a shift to modernity as a reliable indicator of ``the workings of the urban mind.'' Prior to 1869, anyone who didn't have to live communally in a single building certainly never would. Read full book review >
CITICORP by Richard B. Miller
Released: April 15, 1993

"The bottom line: not a solid reader-investment."
An amateurish and slipshod audit of Citicorp, the troubled holding company for America's largest commercial bank. Read full book review >
Released: April 14, 1993

"A thinking person's guide to the challenging world ahead."
Perceptive takes on the "postcapitalist" era, which, according to Drucker (Managing for the Future, 1992, etc.), got under way shortly after WW II. Read full book review >
Released: April 12, 1993

"An unmemorable but good-hearted addition to the tradition of Dale Carnegie and Norman Vincent Peale."
A Christian businessman offers an inspirational blueprint for happiness—which includes ownership of a small business, unlimited opportunity to accumulate wealth, and development of a ``positive, compassionate'' stance toward one's own and others' ``dreams.'' In bite-sized segments with subtitles like ``Who Was Karl Marx and Why Was He So Angry at Capitalism?'' and ``Winners Heeded! Read full book review >
IN AN ANTIQUE LAND by Amitav Ghosh
Released: April 5, 1993

"Moving in its humanity, revealing in its analyses: an exceptionally satisfying work."
An engrossing chronicle of historical detection smoothly integrated into a subtly shaped picture of village life in modern Egypt; by an Indian novelist (The Circle of Reason, 1986) of great sensitivity and power. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"But his facts, and much of his analysis, will reward the careful reader."
A second, uneven installment of the economic apocalypse according to New York Times reporter Kurtzman (The Decline and Crash of the American Economy, 1988). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >