Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 170)

RESCUING PROMETHEUS by Thomas P. Hughes
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 19, 1998

"A complex book, but the attentive reader will be able to manage it. (b&w photos, not seen)"
The odd and elusive story of how large-scale technological projects of the post-WWII era have created new, postmodern methods of management and engineering. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 1998

"A candid and enlightening look at a subject in which smoke and mirrors are primary props. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A remarkable look at the spinmeister who helped to invent public relations. Read full book review >

ON A ROLL by Howard Jonas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Not likely to become required reading at Harvard Business School, but nevertheless more engaging than it has any right to be."
The founder and CEO of the renegade International Discount Telecommunications firm (IDT) has passed his 40th birthday. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"If this is the standard to be applied, however, it is not obvious that true believers should be taken seriously."
Has there been a decade in the last two centuries when it was less necessary to write a defense of property rights? Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 15, 1998

"The story's moral: Genius is seldom solitary and is usually in need of money. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An unrevealing, workmanlike biography of Walt Disney's older brother, Roy, the financial brains behind Disney's success. Read full book review >

MANAGING MARTIANS by Donna Shirley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 1998

"Never say die! (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) ($65,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
To paraphrase the old soap opera: Can a rich girl from a small Oklahoma town find success and happiness married to her job as first woman manager of a NASA space program? Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1998

"Her book is a solid study of the birth, growth, and struggles of this computer giant. (Author tour)"
A thorough, thoughtful account of how America Online left its status as a lark to become the much-maligned but presently undisputed king of online services. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 24, 1998

"An intelligent and entertaining account of the business and culture of the Internet that skillfully merges a personal tale with the larger story."
An insider's account of the digital revolution, from its earliest days in the late 1980s to its sudden prominence in the media business. Read full book review >
GOLD AND SPICES by Jean Favier
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 15, 1998

"Not for everyone, but an impressive historical achievement."
A painstakingly detailed account of the development of capitalist institutions and practices in Europe from the 11th to the 15th centuries by a French historian. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1998

"Engagingly written, but essentially a reworking of the territory of the author's earlier books, without many surprises. (Author tour)"
The Cinderella Complex revisited, this time with dollar signs added. Read full book review >
SOTHEBY'S--BIDDING FOR CLASS by Robert Lacey
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1998

"As smooth, beguiling, and speedy as any auctioneer's patter, Lacey's account mounts in excitement, ending in Sotheby's successful sale of a slice of the duke and duchess of Windsor's wedding cake. (b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
If the world's oldest auction house is still reeling from the art smuggling sting in Peter Watson's Sotheby's: The Inside Story (1997), it won't enjoy Lacey's gossipy, page-turning history. Read full book review >
WHEN GOVERNMENT FAILS by Mark Baldassare
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1998

"Sober and sobering. (86 tables, one map, one line figure)"
paper 0-520-21486-2 A thorough academic study of the biggest government bankruptcy in US history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >