Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 170)

THE NEW NEW THING by Michael Lewis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 1999

"Funny, feverishly romantic business reporting in which the American lust for wealth becomes a Bryonic quest for the next dream that will change the world. (Author tour)"
A rip-roaring profile of the high-rolling technology entrepreneur Jim Clark, and the strange Silicon Valley subculture in which he thrives, from one of our best business journalists. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 1999

In a memoir by turns obnoxious and absorbing, the legendary raker of muck, a Pulitzer winner who made Washington news for a half-century while covering it, tells all. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 7, 1999

"A superb telling of one of modern US history's most painful chapters."
Timing this retrospective meditation for the 70th anniversary of the 1929 stock market crash, critically acclaimed historian Watkins (Montana State Univ.; The Great Depression, 1993, etc.) takes a long, painstaking look at the 20th century's transformative economic event. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"But that commitment doesn't pay, it costs, and profits—not ethics—drive the zoo business. (8 pages b&w photos) (Author tour)"
You wouldn't want to be a member of the captive-bred wildlife population in this country, even in a zoo. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >