Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 171)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1993

"A perversely contrarian tract, then, more notable for shock than for substance. (Charts and tabular material throughout)"
Southern Methodist University professor Batra, whose contributions to economics are about on a par with what creationists have done for earth science, is at it again. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 20, 1993

An alum's inept attempt to discredit an unusually inviting target: Adolph Coors Co. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 17, 1993

"15 percent of ephemera, selling us whatever needs to be sold. (Eight pages of color, eight pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
A year or so in the life and near-death of a maverick ad agency at the southern California end of Madison Avenue. Read full book review >
FOR GOD, COUNTRY, AND COCA-COLA by Mark Pendergrast
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 4, 1993

"A chatty, scrupulously documented account of a corporate phenomenon (and far more revealing than Elizabeth Candler Graham's The Real Ones, 1992) that's a bit like Coke itself: zesty and transiently refreshing. (Eight pages of photographs—not seen)"
While the subtitle of Pendergrast's study suggests an ambush of Coca-Cola, the author obviously received at least semiofficial assistance in compiling his gossipy, essentially sympathetic history of a company that has attained cultural as well as commercial success. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 1993

"The lives make up about two-fifths of this lengthy work and, except perhpas to other behavioral scientists, are much more readable than the voluminous commentaries, charts, graphs, and tables with which they're interspersed."
Six in-depth life histories—plus much ancillary material— drawn from the Berkeley Longitudinal Studies and illustrating Clausen's theory that choices made in youth determine the courses of our lives. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Credible—and potentially useful to many."
Conscientious, literate help for the ``millions of Americans'' who suffer from money-centered addictions. ``Like food and sex,'' says therapist Boundy, ``money is a powerful psychic symbol'' as well as a common focus of cravings. Read full book review >
THE CARE AND FEEDING OF IDEAS by Bill Backer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Persuasive texts in this genre are few and far between, indeed. (Illustrations—not seen)"
Songwriting adman Backer (as in Backer Spielvogel Bates Worldwide) tells, in some detail, how he did it. Read full book review >
BEAR TRAP by Paul Gibson
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Gibson goes hunting for bear—but his aim is way off the mark."
Haphazard critique much exaggerating the latter-day difficulties of the financial-services industry without addressing the implications of its ongoing—and convulsive—restructuring. Read full book review >
HIGH RISE by Jerry Adler
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 28, 1993

"What Adler might have hoped would be a high-rolling success story stands now as a cautionary but no less entertaining tale of the Eighties' cockamamie hubris. (Photographs) (First serial to New York)"
Times Square was slated for ambitious redevelopment in the mid-1980's when real-estate developer Bruce Eichner set out to build a skyscraper at 1540 Broadway. Read full book review >
NO BREATHING ROOM by Grigori Medvedev
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 26, 1993

"Of historical interest, since the Soviet bureaucracy Medvedev denounces no longer exists; but timely as well, since the nuclear industries of the post-Soviet republics appear to share many of the old regime's vices, while the ecological effects of the disaster continue."
In an account written before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the chief engineer of the Chernobyl nuclear plant at the time of its construction (in 1970) relates the grim aftermath of the 1986 disaster and the attempted cover-up by the Gorbachev regime. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 26, 1993

"Tough, timely talk: an important book on an increasingly hot topic."
In a book that's bound to be controversial, New Yorker staff writer Bonner (Weakness and Deceit, 1984) charges Western animal- rights activists with practicing ``eco-colonialism,'' which he deems as detrimental to the people of Africa as old-style colonialism. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 20, 1993

"A wonderful book. (Sixty-six photographs, drawings, and floor plans)"
Hawes's fine book, her first, employs architectural criticism, economic chronicle, and urban sociology to create a picture of how Manhattan turned from a series of pastures broken by single-family dwellings into a breathtaking erector set of multiple dwellings: a shift to modernity as a reliable indicator of ``the workings of the urban mind.'' Prior to 1869, anyone who didn't have to live communally in a single building certainly never would. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >