Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 171)

DEMOCRACY AND DISAGREEMENT by Amy Gutmann
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 15, 1996

"All this makes for fascinating, engaged reading—but always with the caveat that the authors' vision of a thoughtfully conversational politics is the unlikeliest of pipe dreams."
An imaginative program for recasting the conduct of American political dialogue. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 9, 1996

"An uncommonly sensible challenge to conventional wisdom on a complex issue that's sure to be a focus of partisan debate in the 1996 presidential election and beyond."
A career technocrat's immensely informative, albeit against- the-grain, analysis of the perceived problems of federal budget deficits. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Although it's not clear whether the electric car is the real thing, this business adventure story has heroes, a villain or two, and genuine hope for the future. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Allowed complete access to GM's top-secret electric-car project, Shnayerson tells the story of the assorted VPs and engineers as if this were a thriller. Read full book review >
BLUE SKY DREAM by David Beers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Beers's ``communal memoir'' chronicles not just a family, but an era, an industry and a demographic segment that once represented the best—or worst—America offered, depending on your point of view. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 30, 1996

"A wish-list tract amounting to the triumph of hope over experience for its trust in the constructive capacities of big government."
An ultraliberal academic's immodest proposal for a new world socioeconomic order—one appreciably more statist than those envisioned by Plato in his Republic or Thomas Hobbes in Leviathan. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 12, 1996

"An informed history of a company in turmoil and the inside story of America's obsession, for better or worse, with cars. (9 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Yates, as the proverbial fly on the wall, observes the internal workings of Chrysler, from the boardrooms to the assembly lines, at a critical moment in its recent history. Read full book review >
HIDDEN ORDER by David D. Friedman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 5, 1996

"A surprisingly lucid and useful book, and about as appealing as economics gets. (National radio satellite tour)"
Friedman, son of venerable ``No Free Lunch'' economist Milton, here analyzes the familiar to elucidate economic theory. Read full book review >
THE NEW REPUBLIC GUIDE TO THE ISSUES by Michael Lind
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 5, 1996

"Amid the usual gaffe-and-gotcha campaign journalism (which TNR itself has sometimes been guilty of), a bracing reminder of the enduring issues."
Joining a mighty stream of political titles appearing between now and Election Day, these 43 typically trenchant essays from the high-buzz Washington journal delight in tweaking conservative noses—and liberal ones, too. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Uncommonly sensible and convincingly documented perspsectives on the import of human resources in an era that places a premium on flexible, street-smart manufacturing. (Author tour)"
Wilms, who teaches at UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, looks into the future of American manufacturing and concludes it could be made to work again in certain circumstances. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 25, 1996

"Englade might have done better to restrict his tale to one or two of its threads and explore in greater depth the world of wealth of which we get only a glimpse here."
Englade has a gripping tale of sordid doings in the super-rich world of show horses, but his narrative runs out of steam long before it reaches its conclusion. Read full book review >
THE IMMIGRATION MYSTIQUE by Jr. Williamson
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 17, 1996

"Nonetheless, Williamson does raise some disturbing questions about the will of America to enforce its laws, to control its borders, and to define and protect its identity."
Williamson (Roughnecking It, 1982, etc.) examines the intertwined economic and moral issues presented by the immigration debate. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 1, 1996

"An exceptionally clear explanation of the nature of scientific evidence, and a powerful plea for broader public understanding of it."
A well-crafted demonstration of how differently the law, the public, and science regard evidence, using the breast implant controversy as a case in point. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >