Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 170)

Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"A generally—and ironically—self-centered exercise in the economics of meaning, whose appeal seems limited largely to true believers."
A down-east entrepreneur's slick and assured account of how he brought his company into the light, thereby showing the way for less advanced enterprises. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Those seeking up-to-date guidance on the lessons to be learned from IBM should turn to Paul Carroll's estimable Big Blues (reviewed below)."
In light of last month's announcement that IBM was taking an $8.9-billion charge against second-quarter earnings and eliminating another 85,000 jobs, the incredibly upbeat subtitle of this parochial case study appears to have been overtaken by events—and is simply misleading. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"A shrill wake-up call to arms."
Having made a name for himself as a military sage, Luttwak (Strategy, 1987, etc.) now turns his attention to geoeconomics—the battleground on which, he asserts, a self-defeating US must best commercial rivals if it's to thrive in the wake of the USSR's collapse. Read full book review >
UP THE AGENCY by Peter Mayle
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"Should hit big among Madison Avenue masochists, less big elsewhere."
Generalities about advertising by the tireless Mayle, whose first novel, Hotel Pastis, is reviewed above. Read full book review >
SOAP OPERA by Alecia Swasy
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

"Must reading, however, for company watchers, P&G shareholders, curious consumers, and citizens of Cincinnati. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs)"
Wall Street Journal reporter Swasy was, she tell us, spied upon, followed, and bugged while writing this admirable—if ultimately somewhat disappointing—history of the dark side of Ivory-soap and Tide manufacturer Proctor & Gamble. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A perceptive evaluation of a pivotal financial institution that's been overtaken by events it helped precipitate."
A savvy audit of the Bundesbank, which, the author observes, ``has replaced the Wehrmacht as Germany's best-known and most feared institution.'' Marsh (chief European correspondent for London's Financial Times; The Germans, 1990) offers an accessible, often absorbing, appraisal of the Federal Republic's Frankfurt-based central bank, whose ``anti-inflationary rectitude'' has made it a power to be reckoned with in global finance. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Impressive research and a clear message—if somewhat tedious in the telling."
An earnest dissertation on environmentalism as a complex social movement that began in response to industrialization, urbanization, and the closing of the frontier. Read full book review >
21ST CENTURY CAPITALISM by Robert Heilbroner
Released: Sept. 27, 1993

"Perceptive analyses of a resilient economic regime whose sociopolitical accountability still leaves much to be desired."
Another elegant inquiry from Heilbroner (The Nature and Logic of Capitalism, 1985, etc.), this based on lectures he gave in Canada last autumn. Read full book review >
BIG BLUES by Paul Carroll
Released: Sept. 22, 1993

"Perceptive perspectives on computer errors of convulsive magnitude."
A savvy newsman's tellingly detailed report on the ruinous decline of IBM. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Detached analysis that sheds more heat than light on an issue of critical importance."
A disappointingly superficial and inconclusive critique of US pay practices. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"A sorry, shocking tale whose essentially unsympathetic characters soon inspire impatience and abhorrence rather than pity or understanding. (Photos—16 pp.—not seen)"
An arresting, albeit repellent, account of the bitter power struggle at U-Haul, the trailer/truck-rental operation that's one of the largest privately held corporations in the US. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 1993

"What sourpuss would ask for rigorous honesty besides? (Eight pages b&w, eight pages color photographs- -not seen) (First serial rights to Cosmopolitan and New Woman)"
Up from poverty with ``beautiful, glamorous'' ex-Washington ``social hurricane'' Mosbacher, 45, who here releases her secrets for getting what she wants—including marrying a millionaire (in her case, three); buying and selling businesses at a profit (using her divorce settlements as seed money); and conquering the Washington social scene by raising pots of money for political campaigns. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Beatriz Williams
June 23, 2015

In Beatriz Williams’ latest novel Tiny Little Thing, it’s the summer of 1966 and Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November. But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life. “A fascinating look at wealth, love, ambition, secrets, and what family members will and won’t do to protect each other,” our reviewer writes. View video >