Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 170)

FROZEN DESIRE by James Buchan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"These often murky essays will add precious little to anyone's understanding of what makes the world go around."
A discursive and idiosyncratic appreciation of currency, from British novelist and former Financial Times correspondent Buchan (High Latitudes, 1996, etc.), who, the subtitle notwithstanding, never manages to construe its many-splendored meanings. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"An argument better framed would have done his cause much greater service."
An overly shrill indictment of transnational corporations' leading role in environmental havoc—but an indictment that nonetheless finds its mark. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A clear, angry, important (though interim) work that treats significant matters with clarity and intelligence. (8 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A journalist for Toronto's Globe and Mail details the continuing, wretched story of Swiss collusion, as financiers and dealers in stolen goods, with Nazi Germany. Read full book review >
EUROPE ADRIFT by John Newhouse
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 25, 1997

"An illuminating audit of the credits and debits amassed by the decidedly strange bedfellows constituting today's EU. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
A veteran correspondent's bleak appraisal of the state of the European Union on the eve of a new millennium. Read full book review >
REACHING BEYOND RACE by Paul M. Sniderman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 25, 1997

"This monograph's exploration of undisclosed racial attitudes among whites is challenging, but the analysis and conclusions about how to pull a racially fragmented society together are less impressive. (26 line illustrations, not seen)"
A fascinating analysis of white Americans' attitudes on race, by two political scientists who argue strenuously, though not entirely convincingly, that our leaders would be more effective in forging multiracial consensus and coalition to improve social and economic access for all citizens if they appealed to ``moral principles that reach beyond race.'' Conscious of contemporary Americans' growing cynicism about both race and public-opinion polls, Sniderman (Stanford Univ.) and Carmines (Indiana Univ.) devised techniques using computer-assisted public-opinion research to uncover attitudes among white respondents that might otherwise be obscured by self-conscious efforts to make their answers conform to ``politically correct'' standards. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 19, 1997

"Even a quick dip into this collection will convince you of that."
The Bering Sea in January can be a mean place, as Walker (Working on the Edge, 1991) relates in this spine-tingling (if redundant) collection—particularly when the winds clip by at 100 mph, the waves crest at 60 feet, the water temperature is 38 degrees, it's nightime, and your boat is sinking. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 1997

"Though this is unsatisfying as a skim-milk latte in places, Schultz is less a braggart and more a true believer than many CEOs, and (with Business Week staffer Yang) he provides a pleasing read. ($300,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A chatty history of Starbucks by its CEO, who announces that he considers the company to be only in its third chapter (which is nowhere near the eleventh). Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A sermon on gluttony and sloth and a jeremiad against those who aid, abet, and profit from these sins. (Author tour)"
``The very act of living in the United States puts you at great risk for obesity,'' warns science writer Fumento in this harangue with a clear message: The fault, dear fatties, lies in overconsumption and underexertion. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"For all its theoretical fuzziness and scattered organization, much of McKenna's analysis is sound—and timely. (Author tour)"
An accurate, though imperfectly analyzed, account of an unfinished revolution. Read full book review >
WALL STREET by Charles Geisst
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A history of Wall Street educating the general public about this important and often confusing institution is a worthy goal— and one not yet achieved."
Geisst (Finance/Manhattan Coll.) attempts a comprehensive history of Wall Street. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A timely reminder that the blessings of America's good times remain unequally distributed."
An academic's arresting appraisal of what he deems a serious lack of employment opportunity in a booming domestic economy. Read full book review >
JUGGLING by Jane S. Gould
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Despite this admitted shortcoming and the occasional excess of personal information, Juggling provides an honest and insightful consideration of one courageous woman's experience."
A sobering account of women's struggle for opportunity and equality in the work force, seen through the eyes of one of the leaders in the fight. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >