Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 168)

MONEY by Andrew Hacker
Released: June 17, 1997

"An academic's discontinuous and vaguely discontented survey of the way the money goes in latter-day America."
Anecdotal audits of American assets and incomes that (like Wall Street's jest about economists laid end-to-end) never reaches a conclusion. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 1997

"A deliberately provocative text whose subtext seems to be that the world and transnational enterprises owe US workers a better living. (Author tour)"
A bleak antimarket assessment of the postCold War outlook for American workers. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 1997

"A blurred picture of an enterprise whose triumphs and travails are not to be captured in the editorial equivalent of tintypes. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A journalist's unfocused take on Eastman Kodak and the ripple effects its troubles have caused over the past decade or more. Read full book review >
Released: May 21, 1997

"A call to arms for corporate America, more interesting for its details on new foreign markets than for its rather vague prescriptions. (illustrations, not seen)"
Having identified Germany and Japan as America's principal challengers for economic dominion in A Cold Peace (1992), Garten changes his mind and policy recommendations in this didactic briefing on up-and-coming rivals. Read full book review >
FISHCAMP by Nancy Lord
Released: May 10, 1997

"Lord creates an elegant, evocative portrait of a hard, beautiful place."
In describing her salmon-fishing life along Alaska's Cook Inlet, fiction writer Lord (Survival, 1991) fashions a rich, personal cosmology in prose as fluid as her environment. Read full book review >

Released: May 2, 1997

"Perhaps the Web is Reid's Camelot and Gates his Castro."
An authoritative overview of the last three years on the Internet that is is plagued, however, by serious questions of audience, an elitist voice, and an almost paranoid preoccupation with Microsoft's Bill Gates. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1997

"Kanigel's lively prose and sense of irony make this biography an enjoyable read. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A circumspect biography of America's first efficiency expert, sensitive to both Taylor's limitations and his impact on the world. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1997

"Many of the foods here are obscure, but this delicious etymological feast will satiate anyone who enjoys the taste of words."
A contributing editor to Allure and the author of A Garden of Words (not reviewed), Barnette uses her background in classical languages to inform and delight the reader by tracing the whimsical manner in which food names found their way to our lexical pantries. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1997

"After reading this book, you might be inclined to think so."
Old-fashioned muckraking against ``big oil and big coal'' meets new scientific theories on global warming. Read full book review >
DO DEFICITS MATTER? by Daniel Shaviro
Released: May 1, 1997

"Still, Shaviro's conclusion, that no clear policy implications can be derived from theory (which contradicts his own opening statement quoted above) and that the current budgetary situation is serious and requires action, is hardly groundbreaking."
Shaviro (Law/New York Univ.) fails to deliver on his claim that ``for the first time in two centuries'' definite conclusions on the issues posed by budget deficits will be drawn. Read full book review >
CAR by Mary Walton
Released: May 1, 1997

"A late entry in a crowded field, but solidly written and reported. (First serial to Fortune)"
The newest entry in the burgeoning genre of behind-the-scenes auto books. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 1997

"Provocative pronouncements from an unrepentent conglomerateur whose accomplishments and longevity have earned him elder-statesman status in the Global Village's business community."
The man primarily responsible for making ITT into a wondrously profitable world-class conglomerate during the 1960s and early '70s offers pieces of his lively mind on contemporary business issues. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >