Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 171)

TEACHINGS FROM THE WORLDLY PHILOSOPHY by Robert Heilbroner
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Judicious and generous selections from the key writings of masters of the economics game, complete with perceptive commentary from their latter-day Boswell."
A lively medley of readings from nearly 20 economists who have left their mark on Western civilization. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Academics may be captivated by the interdisciplinary approach, but lawyers and general readers will bail out early on."
What's law got to do with it? Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1996

"An evenhanded inquiry into the wealth of a nation, whose findings the American electorate ignores at its economic peril."
An unsparing and unnerving audit of the cost of so-called entitlements, which makes the talking points of Washington's long- running debate on balancing the federal budget appear all but irrelevant. Read full book review >
THE FUTURE OF THE RACE by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 31, 1996

"A useful introduction to important contemporary thinkers and the question that has plagued African-American intellectuals for over 200 years."
Two of our most prominent and eloquent black intellectuals confront the challenge of W.E.B. DuBois and the notion of the ``Talented Tenth'' as it applies to themselves and other African-American thinkers at the end of the 20th century. Read full book review >
IN DEFENSE OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION by Barbara R. Bergmann
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 27, 1996

"It is, however, convincing—a significant contribution to the debate over affirmative action. (Author tour)"
Economist Bergmann (American Univ.; The Economic Emergence of Women, 1986) presents a persuasive case on behalf of a concept that is under fierce attack. Read full book review >

POP INTERNATIONALISM by Paul Krugman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 22, 1996

"An informed and informative audit of the all-too-conventional wisdom that, as per Gresham's law, can drive common sense from the marketplace of ideas."
On the evidence of the lively collection of essays at hand, there's nothing dismal about the social science practiced by Stanford University professor Krugman (Peddling Prosperity, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 22, 1996

"Still, this is a sobering look at the destructive combination of big money and urban politics—a story played out all too often in recent American history. (70 photos, not seen)"
A strange tale of race and power politics in the putative cause of urban renewal. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 15, 1996

"A lively but partisan tract which fails to tell the whole story of what lies ahead for capitalism in the US and elsewhere. (Author tour)"
On the evidence of the text at hand, cynics could be excused for suspecting MIT economist Thurow (Head to Head, 1992, etc.) has produced an election-year version of the liberal agenda rather than a systematic inquiry into free enterprise's prospects in a volatile postCold War era. Read full book review >
BRUTAL BOSSES by Harvey A. Hornstein
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 5, 1996

"An us-against-them exercise in pop anti-authoritarian sociology that, for all its lack of analytic depth and other deficiencies, could strike responsive chords among latter-day malcontents."
An awesomely aggrieved tract on the perceived problem of gratuitously swinish superiors, which reveals far more about its author (A Knight in Shining Armor, 1991, etc.) than about the amorphous wrongs he purports to address. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 1996

"A tough-minded platform for renewal of a superpower that has not in recent years been living up to its still considerable potential."
A clear, nonpartisan statement of the problems America faces on the eve of a new century, and practicable proposals for restoring the nation's fiscal and moral health. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Friedman exhorts working women to stand up for what they need and what they want, and she has assembled an array of fascinating case histories to help illuminate the way. (Author tour)"
An informative, upbeat, yet honest assessment of the role of work in women's lives—how they define it, and how it defines them. ``Most women are still keeping to themselves the most important truth: What we do matters to us. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF THE YEN by R. Taggart Murphy
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Murphy closes with some uncommonly sensible suggestions on how the two superpowers could forsake the ideological denial that threatens their alliance in favor of a realpolitik calculated to inspire cooperation and trust."
An astute analysis of the dangerously self-serving economic games Japan and the US have been playing over the past 15 years, from an expatriate American investment banker. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >