Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 170)

Released: April 1, 1997

"This strives to be candid and intimate, yet ultimately its commentary fails to break through the commemorative into the kind of real analysis that would have revealed more of the man behind the movement icon. (105 b&w photos, not seen)"
A useful survey and pictorial of the extraordinary career of the visionary Mexican-American labor leader and human-rights activist, who died in his sleep in 1993 at age 66. Read full book review >
Released: March 25, 1997

"But not everyone will buy into their communal vision of justice, which will remain anathema to unreconstructed rugged American individualists."
Responding to the current wave of affirmative-action backlash, two Georgetown law professors, each proud beneficiaries of the policy, stand as zealous advocates brooking no retreat. ``Our parents taught us that . . . the struggle to make a place at the table for ourselves was also the struggle to free the souls of those who would exclude us,'' write Lawrence (who is African-American) and Matsuda (Japanese-American) of their individual family legacies of political idealism and civil rights activism. Read full book review >

BIRDS OF PREY by Matthew Lynn
Released: March 24, 1997

"While Lynn, a staffer at the Sunday Times of London, writes serviceable prose at best, this is a workmanlike briefing on a consequential clash affecting the latter-day wealth of nations."
A British journalist's matter-of-fact take on how a state- subsidized European consortium has managed to narrow the long lead once held by American manufacturers in the high-stakes competition to equip the world's airlines with jet planes. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1997

"An intriguing book if you ignore its dramatic, somewhat unsubstantiated premise."
Here's the argument from media expert Turow (Annenberg School of Communications/Univ. of Penn.): The current price of targeting advertising to highly defined market segments is dividing the country into increasingly insular groups of people who care only about others like themselves. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 19, 1997

"Ditto for other cities contemplating the construction of a new stadium."
This dense and sometimes difficult financial analysis leads to easily understood and sensible conclusions about the business of sports. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 13, 1997

"For those seeking to understand the national debt, this book is a good place to start—it's just not a good place to stop."
American Heritage columnist Gordon (The Scarlet Woman of Wall Street, 1988) deserves credit for attempting a brief history of the national debt aimed at a wide audience, but the result is somewhat disappointing. Read full book review >
BACK FROM THE BRINK by Steven K. Beckner
Released: Feb. 7, 1997

"No doubt Alan Greenspan will be one of the most appreciative of those readers."
A detailed and sometimes fawning account of Alan Greenspan's chairmanship of the Federal Reserve Board. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"An entertaining, on-the-money introduction to precisely what makes the world go 'round. (Author tour)"
An engagingly digressive audit of the mediums of exchange humankind has used and abused down through the years, from anthropologist Weatherford (Savages and Civilization, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Abraham the dreamer felt cut from honest cloth; Abraham the overachiever, who has won out by book's end, is a bad copy."
A heartfelt but ultimately tedious journey of discovery for two corporate execs who shuck the rat race and hit the road. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

Lingering over a cup of coffee and a newspaper at Boston's Someday Cafe, Cohen (Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World, 1994) immerses herself in a Proustian rumination on the origins of the familiar: glass, paper, coffee beans. ``Who made this thing? Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Hooray for Maye and Faye, but their story, unfortunately, is a magazine article stretched too far. ($65,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Small-town values—integrity, responsibility, neighborliness, hard work—prevail in the success story of two sisters from West Virginia. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Vincent Foster'' in a vitriolic attack on the Clintons) raise questions about their objectivity, you have to respect authors who boldly state their convictions and predictions. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
In this combination of sweeping metahistory and myopic self- interest some statements are penetrating, others appalling, and all are astonishing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >