Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 171)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1995

"Like an irritating traveling companion distracting one from the scenery, this tries too hard to entertain while en route."
This elementary guide to economics for the layperson maintains an insistently jokey style that strains to amuse but more often just lards the text with annoying verbiage. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1995

"A blue-chip reckoning on the consequences and implications of an increasingly interdependent world's financial order. (Author tour)"
A journalist's authoritative audit of the quiet revolutions that have not only convulsed the Global Village's financial centers but also have obliged investors to assume risks that are not widely appreciated, let alone understood. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1995

"The author's anger against the excesses of our industrial civilization is clear enough, but his remedies are unpersuasive."
A rather odd book, sketching the history of a 19th-century revolt against industrial machinery and seeking to find in it some lessons for today. Read full book review >
THE STEINWAY SAGA by D.W. Fostle
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1995

"This cavil apart, a gloriously complete chronicle of a dysfunctional dynasty whose renown has long since outlived its actual participation in the music trades."
A bravura history of the House of Steinway, whose name has remained synonymous with fine pianos for well over a century. Read full book review >
CHINA TODAY by Donald Shanor
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 18, 1995

"A vivid, insightful picture of a nation still perched, as it has been throughout this century, on the edge of volcanic change."
An engrossing report on China in transition. Read full book review >

NORTHWEST PASSAGE by William Dietrich
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1995

"A must-read for anyone interested in the interplay of technology, nature, and human ambition."
An absorbing and pointed account of the taming of Washington's Columbia River and the consequences—both beneficial and disastrous—on the economy, the inhabitants, and the wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1995

"Even those only mildly well informed about banking will find this a rehash of existing material, although Lottman's readable account is adequately informative for novices. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A superficial, unfocused portrait of the Gallic Jewish banking dynasty. Read full book review >
THE WORLD IN 2020 by Hamish McRae
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 31, 1995

"20 foresight, his short-run scenarios for free enterprise's showcase venues are both thought- provoking and credible. (Illustrations)"
An English journalist's judicious, albeit limited, take on the shape of things to come over the next generation. Read full book review >
SKYGODS by Robert Gandt
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 21, 1995

"With a full ration of fine yarns from the cockpit and flight line, a genial requiem for a once consequential heavyweight."
A veteran pilot's affectionate, anecdotal take on the slow death of Pan American World Airways, which, in the unsentimental language of the trade, went ``Tango Uniform'' (``tits up'') at the end of 1991. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 20, 1995

"If the author's cursory, anecdotal reportage were weighed against the demanding standards by which he purports to evaluate commercial concerns, it would be deemed a very bad business."
Another mÇlange of bromidic management pointers from the prolific British author of The Super Chiefs (1992), etc. In presuming to counsel corporate executives on what it will take to survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive global marketplace, Heller covers much the same ground as he did in his previous book. Read full book review >
THE X FACTOR by George Plimpton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 1995

"Win or lose, Plimpton writes with self-effacing humor and at least as much wit as wisdom; America's most famous professional dilettante doesn't demand to be taken too seriously."
The adroit author (Open Net, 1987, etc.), Paris Review editor, and amateur jock who plays with the pros suits up once again to pitch horseshoes with George Bush and, incidentally, to pursue the elusive factor that makes champions out of mortals. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 1995

"The bottom line: These relentlessly upbeat vignettes of US business are to management guides what fast food is to haute cuisine."
Slick, sunny-side-up profiles of 50 flourishing industrial enterprises. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >