Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 170)

Released: May 1, 1998

"More than the average person would ever care to know about signage, but a serviceable history for lighting and marketing buffs nonetheless. (48 b&w photos, not seen)"
A fairly pedantic and at times self-serving walk through the signs of our times. Read full book review >
Released: April 27, 1998

"Nevertheless, Wasserstein's effort is informative and entertaining. (Radio satellite tour)"
Everything you could ever want to know about big business deals (as long as you don't want to think too deeply about them). Read full book review >

Released: April 4, 1998

"Students of Indian policy will find this a useful reference. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen; 6 maps)"
A detail-packed survey of the manifold conquest of North America. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1998

"An archetypal text, true to life on the Street, destined to be discussed over drinks at trader hangouts after the market closes—and better than going tapioca. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
A Wall Street trader exercises a rich man's prerogative and offers financial advice and his life story. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1998

"Davis and Wessel's arguments are not always new and not always convincing, yet they bring to this work elements often missing from popular writing on the technological future: solid reporting, detailed research, and a regard for historical context. (Author tour)"
The American middle class has remained economically stagnant for the past 25 years, despite endless prophecies during this time that computer technology would bring a new age of productivity and prosperity; the authors, both with the Wall Street Journal, explain why this has been so and why it may soon change. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1998

"Ch†vez skillfully shows the upside and downside to each argument and each outcome, and her ability to turn the subject of a plebiscite into a compelling, widely relevant, and instructive study is admirable."
paper 0-520-21344-0 A strong yet impartial look at the beginning of the end of affirmative action in the US, by a self-proclaimed recipient of its benefits. Read full book review >
Released: March 31, 1998

"A solid and sober contribution to a growing subspecialty of wartime and Holocaust history, rightfully sardonic."
Swiss sociologist Ziegler (Geneva Univ.) excoriates the gnomes of Zurich, the bankers of Basle and all the rest of his countrymen who, he reveals, gave steady and material aid to the Third Reich. Read full book review >
Released: March 16, 1998

"Sometimes too airily dismissive of legitimate challenges, for all that, never less than scintillating, witty, and brilliant."
An enormously erudite and provocative history of how wealth and power became so unevenly distributed between the West and the rest of the world. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1998

"There is a definite need for better understanding and real reform of taxation in the US, but discussions that embrace popular prejudice and self-interest more than careful consideration of relations between government and society are not likely to be helpful. (illustrations, not seen)"
This reads like a selectively informed version of a barroom conversation on April 15: lots of venom, little thought. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1998

"Despite a tendency by the authors to become cheerleaders for China, this is a reasoned survey of truly significant issues. (Author tour)"
A relentlessly upbeat forecast of China's future and the potential implications for the US. Read full book review >
GOOD SPIRITS by Edgar M. Bronfman
Released: Feb. 23, 1998

"While this is utterly harmless stuff, the book is likely to be of interest to only a small circle of readers."
A sequel of sorts to The Making of a Jew (1996). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >