Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 170)

Released: Nov. 15, 1994

"These women experienced interesting and difficult times, but the authors' brief, insubstantial excerpts from their testimony make them all sound like the same good ol' gal telling a variation of the same story. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Folksy, good-natured recollections from some of the two million women who took jobs in factories and shipyards during WW II. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 1994

"An eloquent and thoughtful look at France in the interwar period."
Weber (European History/UCLA; France, Fin de Siäcle, 1986; etc.) skillfully paints a somber portrait of France in decline. Read full book review >

WHERE THE SUCKERS MOON by Randall Rothenberg
Released: Nov. 2, 1994

"Despite a few fine set pieces, this is an overlong, essentially pointless anecdote in which unsympathetic hucksters are pitted against one another—and the consuming public."
A tedious case study of what can happen before, during, and after the shift of a desirable advertising account from one agency to another. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"In this case, it seems, he's a better salesman than author. (First serial to Harper's)"
A turgid, self-indulgent treatment of a rich topic: how ``selling has achieved dominion over the world in our time.'' Shorris (Latinos, 1992) long combined life as a writer with a top position at the N.W. Ayer advertising agency. ``I needed the job,'' he confesses. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Helpful tabular material and graphs throughout."
An accessible audit of Russia's efforts to gain a place at global capitalism's table after more than seven decades of Communist misrule and mismanagement. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Even so, Nocera delivers a savvy rundown on the landmark developments that in less than four decades have made consumer finance a multilateral bazaar in which beating the markets is a populist pastime."
A wonderful pudding of a book that serves up large helpings of US socioeconomic history over the past 35 years or so. Read full book review >
TREES AND PEOPLE by Richard N. Jordan
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A valid comment, but far from the final word on the fate of our forests. (Photos, not seen)"
A contribution to the debate over professional forestry's environmental impact by someone who believes that people take better care of trees than nature does. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A worst-case audit that, if longer on reportage than analysis, provides ample evidence that Japan's challenge to the Global Village's economy has been put on hold by a host of home-front problems."
A savvy journalist's timely take on the evanescence of Japan's economic invincibility. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 28, 1994

"Nonetheless, an engrossing and cautionary take on a consequential industry whose welfare is everybody's business. (16 pages of photos, not seen) (First serial to the Wall Street Journal; author tour)"
An informative if overlong account of how American car makers regained much of the ground they had lost during the 1980s to foreign rivals in their own backyard and Europe. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

"For certain, however, his grand design is in the self-interested tradition of an insular nation-state whose capacity to adapt has not been in serious doubt since the Meiji Restoration. (Maps)"
A master plan for an institutional makeover of Japan from a political insider whose revisionist agenda remains firmly rooted in the ruling class's long-standing preoccupation with national security. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE STRIKE ZONE by Randal Hendricks
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Tenaciously dull writing, but essential for anyone wishing to understand the business of baseball and how it got that way."
A labored, slanted, but worthwhile discussion of the often bizarre financial dealings of baseball, by a major player in the evolution of free agency and escalating salaries. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >