Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 171)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 15, 1995

"Mildly entertaining, but not likely to add Chapman to the ambiguous pantheon of American crime. (8 pages b&w photos)"
Prolific true-crime and mystery writer Jeffers (A Grand Night for Murder, 1995, etc.) details a neglected chapter in American criminal history—but a chapter may be all the story merits. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS by Paul Ormerod
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 15, 1995

"An effective indictment of (rather than an obituary for) a branch of learning that's overdue for renewal."
An old Wall Street adage holds that if all the world's economists were laid end to end, they would never reach a conclusion. Read full book review >

STEINWAY AND SONS by Richard K. Lieberman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A tidy package for those who want the facts, plus a bit more, on merchant music makers overtaken by events and their own inability to adapt. (70 photos and illustrations, not seen)"
If D.W. Fostle produced a lush Mahler symphony in recounting the rise and fall of the first family of pianos (The Steinway Saga, p. 356), Lieberman, using the same theme of an American dynasty's seasons in the sun, has created a more compact and disciplined concerto for piano and orchestra. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF ADAM SMITH by Ian Simpson Ross
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"With a minimum of pedantic intrusions, Ross makes a masterly job not only of putting Smith in the context of his turbulent times, but also of shedding light on his humane subject's wide- ranging contributions to Western thought. (20 halftones, not seen)"
A principal virtue of this scholarly but animated and accessible biography of the Scottish polymath Adam Smith is that it puts paid to any notion Smith was either a single-issue crusader or an ivory-tower intellectual. Read full book review >
ENDANGERED DREAMS by Kevin Starr
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Complete with anecdotal particulars and big-picture perspectives, a stunningly effective chronicle of a vanguard state's coming of age. (25 halftones, not seen)"
A first-rate, vivid, verbal diorama of the varied events that formed and reformed California during the convulsive decade before WW II, from the state's librarian and author of Inventing the Dream (1985, etc.). Read full book review >

SHELL GAME by Peter Mantius
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Mantius offers a wealth of circumstantial and documentary evidence of egregious improprieties as well as questionable judgments in high places. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An attention-grabbing rundown on the tangled web woven around a diminutive Sunbelt bank that helped underwrite many of Saddam Hussein's more dubious development programs. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 22, 1995

"A major biography of an important figure in American history."
Labor historian Lichtenstein (Univ. of Virginia) offers United Auto Workers president Reuther's life as a microcosm of the rise and fall of American unionism. Read full book review >
MANAGING IN A TIME OF GREAT CHANGE by Peter F. Drucker
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 16, 1995

"In brief: wise, wide-ranging guidance on issues that promise to engage the attention of leaders and followers through the end of the century and beyond."
Like the Energizer Bunny, Drucker just keeps on going, and going . . . beating the drum for perceptive, responsible management in the public as well as private sectors. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 13, 1995

"A sharply drawn, engaging book about air wars largely led by some colorful brigands. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Longtime Wall Street Journal reporter and editor Petzinger (Oil and Honor, 1987) was once a baggage handler for United Airlines. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF RESPECT by Philippe Bourgois
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 9, 1995

"Vigorous and often harrowing, this book is an eye-opener. (14 halftones, 1 map, not seen)"
An oddly moving study of lives brutalized by drug addiction, poverty, crime, and ineluctable violence. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 1995

"For all the detail she has amassed in her kitchen-sink narrative, moreover, DeGeorge never comes to grips with what makes Wayne run. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
If diligence alone could yield good biography, Business Week correspondent DeGeorge would have produced a blockbuster on high- profile tycoon H. Wayne Huizenga. Read full book review >
ANOTHER TURN OF THE CRANK by Wendell Berry
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Small towns, with their fringe of 40-acre spreads, couldn't ask for a more articulate defender."
Berry (Watch with Me, 1994, etc.), small-town Kentuckian and agrarian philosopher, massages his favorite themes of community and small-is-beautiful in six brief, clear-as-a-bell essays. ``I am an agrarian: I think that farming is a high and difficult art . . . Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >