Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 170)

DRY by Augusten Burroughs
Released: June 1, 2003

"Didn't think you'd ever feel even an ounce of sympathy for—let alone root for—a drunken adman, did you? Meet Mr. Burroughs."
Like the alcohol he so enjoys, Burroughs's story of getting dry will go straight into your bloodstream and leave you buzzing, exhilarated, and wiped out. Read full book review >
BORN TO STEAL by Gary Weiss
Released: May 14, 2003

"Inevitable allusions to The Sopranos aren't necessary. The cautionary saga of gangsters on Wall Street, told with insight and great wit, grips as tightly as a loan shark."
Before the masters of Enron and WorldCom ripped off innocent investors, there were the connected "Guys" in bucket shops and chophouses. Here, Business Week reporter Weiss follows the adventures of one hustler on the shady side of Wall Street. Read full book review >

Released: May 13, 2003

"Laudable coverage of an undeniably important, unsettling cultural transition."
Were John Carmack and John Romero the Lennon and McCartney of PC gaming? Spin magazine contributing editor Kushner answers yes in his detailed re-creation of the genre's transition from basement to big time. Read full book review >
Released: May 13, 2003

"Readers may profitably take a meeting."
Colorful, funny tale of the rise and fall of an interactive sing-along Internet site, related with considerable insight and wit by journalist Fishman. Read full book review >
Released: May 9, 2003

"A sharp harpoon, a keen eye, an unerring throw."
Druett (She Captains, 2000, etc.) sinks her literary lance deeply into the juicy story of the murder at sea of a vicious whaling captain by mutinous islanders. Read full book review >

Released: May 5, 2003

"Three kinds of muck, raked by an adroit reporter."
The journalist who gave us the bestselling Fast Food Nation (2001) now investigates selected aspects of that nation's underground economy. Read full book review >
BITTERSWEET by Peter Macinnis
Released: May 1, 2003

"Lively and entertaining: a splendid saga for the general reader. (6 maps)"
From Australian science writer and broadcaster Macinnis, an informative and readable history of the simple substance that changed the world and often brought out the worst in people. Read full book review >
Released: April 30, 2003

"Impeccable research informs a prose that sings, whirls, and delights. (10 photos, not seen)"
Lively, literate biography of the incredible Sarah Breedlove, who rose from perfect poverty to create her own hair-care business and build a mansion on the Hudson. Read full book review >
Released: April 14, 2003

"Riveting, for those who can persevere through the slack prose."
With hours of expert testimony on Enron before Congress under his belt, Partnoy (Law/Univ. of San Diego) also draws on his own experience in selling the arcane contracts known as derivatives to put an investor's dilemma into perspective. Read full book review >
Released: April 8, 2003

"Readable, but shallow and too neat."
A skimming visit to the cultural-political dichotomy incarnated by the Napa and Sonoma valleys. Read full book review >
PARECON by Michael Albert
Released: April 1, 2003

"A historically informed and logical economic blueprint with the practicality of a hand-tool, and a vision guided by the desire to find nobility in work."
If not capitalism, what then? asks journalist and activist Albert as he proffers this dogged, humanist alternative to private enterprise. Read full book review >
Released: March 11, 2003

"An entertaining and even charming excursion in business history, largely unburdened by formulas and numbers but full of debate-stirring data all the same."
Is the corporation a soulless and soul-killing construct, an instrument of unmitigated evil, as Genoese streetfighters and latter-day Naderites are wont to argue? Not necessarily—and not even usually—write two Economist reporters. 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 >