Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 168)

Released: May 1, 1995

"The author's anger against the excesses of our industrial civilization is clear enough, but his remedies are unpersuasive."
A rather odd book, sketching the history of a 19th-century revolt against industrial machinery and seeking to find in it some lessons for today. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"This cavil apart, a gloriously complete chronicle of a dysfunctional dynasty whose renown has long since outlived its actual participation in the music trades."
A bravura history of the House of Steinway, whose name has remained synonymous with fine pianos for well over a century. Read full book review >

CHINA TODAY by Donald Shanor
Released: April 18, 1995

"A vivid, insightful picture of a nation still perched, as it has been throughout this century, on the edge of volcanic change."
An engrossing report on China in transition. Read full book review >
NORTHWEST PASSAGE by William Dietrich
Released: April 1, 1995

"A must-read for anyone interested in the interplay of technology, nature, and human ambition."
An absorbing and pointed account of the taming of Washington's Columbia River and the consequences—both beneficial and disastrous—on the economy, the inhabitants, and the wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1995

"Even those only mildly well informed about banking will find this a rehash of existing material, although Lottman's readable account is adequately informative for novices. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A superficial, unfocused portrait of the Gallic Jewish banking dynasty. Read full book review >

THE WORLD IN 2020 by Hamish McRae
Released: March 31, 1995

"20 foresight, his short-run scenarios for free enterprise's showcase venues are both thought- provoking and credible. (Illustrations)"
An English journalist's judicious, albeit limited, take on the shape of things to come over the next generation. Read full book review >
SKYGODS by Robert Gandt
Released: March 21, 1995

"With a full ration of fine yarns from the cockpit and flight line, a genial requiem for a once consequential heavyweight."
A veteran pilot's affectionate, anecdotal take on the slow death of Pan American World Airways, which, in the unsentimental language of the trade, went ``Tango Uniform'' (``tits up'') at the end of 1991. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 1995

"If the author's cursory, anecdotal reportage were weighed against the demanding standards by which he purports to evaluate commercial concerns, it would be deemed a very bad business."
Another mÇlange of bromidic management pointers from the prolific British author of The Super Chiefs (1992), etc. In presuming to counsel corporate executives on what it will take to survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive global marketplace, Heller covers much the same ground as he did in his previous book. Read full book review >
THE X FACTOR by George Plimpton
Released: March 13, 1995

"Win or lose, Plimpton writes with self-effacing humor and at least as much wit as wisdom; America's most famous professional dilettante doesn't demand to be taken too seriously."
The adroit author (Open Net, 1987, etc.), Paris Review editor, and amateur jock who plays with the pros suits up once again to pitch horseshoes with George Bush and, incidentally, to pursue the elusive factor that makes champions out of mortals. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1995

"The bottom line: These relentlessly upbeat vignettes of US business are to management guides what fast food is to haute cuisine."
Slick, sunny-side-up profiles of 50 flourishing industrial enterprises. Read full book review >
SLIDE MOUNTAIN by Theodore Steinberg
Released: March 1, 1995

"Steinberg gives bite to that old refrain—the rich get richer, the poor poorer, and the courts smooth the way. (Photos, not seen)"
Taking his title from a Mark Twain satire, Steinberg teases from the parched earth of property law a nifty morality tale about the notion of ``owning'' nature. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"The overarching attitude is one of impatience with a starched-collar approach to business as Peters exhorts the entrepreneurs of the '90s to be brave, try new things, and avoid ruts."
Like an old carny barker pushing the latest elixir, Peters (Liberation Management, 1992, etc) holds out the key to business success in the post-industrial, idea-intensive economy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >