Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 171)

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 >

Released: Feb. 4, 1998

"Prediction: This will become a more important book than it really deserves to be."
The hyperbole of the subtitle tells the story: It's a close call whether this volume provides a brilliant overview of the big picture or overgeneralized clichÇs. Read full book review >
THE SCENTS OF EDEN by Charles Corn
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"This is as pleasurable and eye-opening a history as one would hope for, generous in its descriptions of exotic islands and exciting in its depictions of the men who made fortunes in their waters. (maps)"
A lucid and comprehensive account spanning the nearly four centuries of international intrigue and bloody struggle for control of the vast riches of the Spice Islands. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Still, it's worth brushing aside the formulaic dressing for the solid, detailed cross-section of the mass-culture machine that lies just beneath. (Author tour)"
Hours of fun for business-epic junkies of all ages. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Part thriller, part legal primer, and full of trenchant drama and personalities, this book should be mandatory reading for all congressional representatives pondering how they'll vote on the future of the tobacco industry in America. (16 pages b&w photos)"
An eye-opening look at the news behind the news in America's landmark legal pursuit of Big Tobacco. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Nicely written latter-day muckraking in a slick and entertaining debut."
Here's another entry in the list of books about big, bad businesses. Read full book review >
THISTLE JOURNAL by Daniel Minock
Released: Jan. 30, 1998

"Modest by design, like the house and life it chronicles, but constructed with great integrity and affection."
Eighteen essays explore the virtues of nature and self-reliance in Michigan, with effects ranging from profound to mundane. Read full book review >
WHY SO SLOW? by Virginia Valian
Released: Jan. 28, 1998

"Probably too academic in tone for most readers, but for anyone concerned about gender inequality—or perhaps even more importantly, readers who think they aren't—it's worth a look."
*linespacing 2* *linespacing 1* A scholarly and convincing explanation of women's slow progress in the professions. 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 >