Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 170)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"An on-the-money introduction to the financial fraternity's ruling class."
This blue-chip status report makes a substantive contribution to the growing body of literature of the pivotal role played by central banks in in the Global Village's financial affairs (see Marjorie Deane and Robert Pringle's The Central Banks, 1995). Read full book review >
GIANT BLUEFIN by Douglas Whynott
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1995

"Whynott's natural history of the giant bluefin tuna, its mating and migratory habits, and his profiles of the Cape Cod fishermen and their lifestyle, is engagingly rendered."
Whynott takes readers out to sea with ``the true sons of the whalers of old''—the men who make their living harpooning bluefin tuna in the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Cod to Maine. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1995

"Conscientious, but as the deadly dull title suggests, destined mainly for the classroom."
A thorough but flavorless account of the 10-year effort to enact what became the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1995

"Helpful graphs and tabular material throughout."
An arresting collection of revisionist essays that (despite what will strike most readers as a surfeit of donnish baggage) put a fresh spin on Tip O'Neill's dictum that money is the mother's milk of politics. Read full book review >
RETHINKING AMERICA by Hedrick Smith
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1995

"Smith's timely arguments for redesigning our educational system to prepare students for life to come bears much discussion."
A Pulitzer Prizewinning veteran journalist repackages old news to argue for an overhauled America. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 15, 1995

"A first-rate contribution to organizational theory and practice. (Author tour)"
Perceptive perspectives on the organizational order that could characterize successful institutions in the Global Village's high- tech future. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 8, 1995

"A fitting memorial to the crew of the Black Cat."
A poignant story of a B-24 crew from the selection and training of its members through their spine-tingling combat raids over Germany in WW II. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 5, 1995

"A wide-ranging and accessible if chaotically organized overview of a volatile field that, for all its glamorous potential, remains a work in progress."
A jam-packed guide to the high-stakes game Maney dubs ``megamedia'': an industry that computer, entertainment, software, and telecommunications enterprises are struggling to define—and dominate. Read full book review >
STARTUP by Jerry Kaplan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 3, 1995

"An insider's well-written story of the death of a new machine, probably composed on a keyboard. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Kaplan, the intrepid founder of a company that was devoted, in every sense of the word, to a new kind of computer, chronicles his hazardous adventures in darkest Silicon Valley. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1995

"Like an irritating traveling companion distracting one from the scenery, this tries too hard to entertain while en route."
This elementary guide to economics for the layperson maintains an insistently jokey style that strains to amuse but more often just lards the text with annoying verbiage. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1995

"A blue-chip reckoning on the consequences and implications of an increasingly interdependent world's financial order. (Author tour)"
A journalist's authoritative audit of the quiet revolutions that have not only convulsed the Global Village's financial centers but also have obliged investors to assume risks that are not widely appreciated, let alone understood. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1995

"The author's anger against the excesses of our industrial civilization is clear enough, but his remedies are unpersuasive."
A rather odd book, sketching the history of a 19th-century revolt against industrial machinery and seeking to find in it some lessons for today. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >