Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 170)

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 >
Released: April 22, 1997

"This sobering book is required reading for environmentalists, both critics and supporters of NAFTA, and all readers who care for Mexico's future."
Fine environmental reporting from the Third World front lines. Read full book review >
THE CLIFF WALK by Don J. Snyder
Released: April 21, 1997

"Through the mill emerges a new Snyder, a better Snyder, his tale a cautionary one, as gruesomely captivating as a traffic accident."
Snyder (A Soldier's Disgrace, 1987, etc.) loses more than a job when he gets his walking papers from the university; his entire world shatters. Read full book review >
TAXING WOMEN by Edward J. McCaffery
Released: April 15, 1997

"This is intended to be a provocative volume, and it is. (15 line drawings)"
An unconventional argument that occasionally overreaches but nevertheless provides a significant challenge to orthodox discussions of taxation. Read full book review >
CASEY'S LAW by Al Casey
Released: April 1, 1997

"A good-humored account of an uncommonly productive life, which belies the notion that nice guys finish last. (16 pages photos, not seen) (First printing of 75,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
An agreeably upbeat and anecdotal memoir from the corporate executive who kept American Airlines flying during a period of notable turbulence. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >