Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 171)

Released: Jan. 17, 1994

"A thoughtful analysis of an extraordinarily complex problem, as well as a concise summary of feminist thought over the past four decades: of appeal to anyone interested in understanding the feminist revolution."
A subtle and sensitive exploration of why professional women continue to fail at achieving equality with men in the workplace: a follow-up to Apter's Why Women Don't Have Wives (1985). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 10, 1994

"As lush and deadly as the Amazon it maps."
A hyperbolic paean to the Amazon rain forest: said to be a 1991 French bestseller. Read full book review >

SILENT DEPRESSION by Wallace C. Peterson
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Peterson's solutions aren't as revolutionary as he claims, but he presents them—and his telling analysis—with clarity and force."
A proficient analysis of what ails the American economy- -which, according to economist Peterson, has been in a ``silent depression'' since 1973. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

From prolific historian Smith (Killing the Spirit, 1990; Redeeming the Time, 1986, etc.): a genealogy of democracy that rejects Max Weber's ``Protestant ethic''—which equates democracy, Christianity, and capitalism—and instead places the democratic impulse squarely in the Christian communalist tradition. Read full book review >
RAGE & ROLL by John Glatt
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"In any case, Graham's life was so downbeat (he died in 1991 in a helicopter crash following a decade of new personal declines) that one wonders why we need another bio to supplement his own: for rock completists only. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A balanced, if redundant, account of the life and times of rock promoter Bill Graham, by English-born investigative journalist Glatt. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Credibly optimistic scenarios on what it will take for the US and wider world to realize the promise of bright tomorrows that lie within their reach."
An exuberantly upbeat and beguilingly plausible guide to the brave new world that sociologist Zey believes could eventuate from what he views as a macroindustrial era, i.e., one in which planet earth's inhabitants have the means and opportunity to gain full control over forces that previously have buffeted them. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 20, 1993

"A well-written and often hair-raising tale of serendipitous software success, given a special timeliness by the comparable corporate shake-out at Apple, including the firing of longtime chief John Sculley. (First printing of 25,000)"
How the Utah software empire of WordPerfect was built from scratch by three graduates of Brigham Young University. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A well-documented case (though padded with TV plots and dialogue, as well as with surveys) that the TV marketplace transmits not children's culture but that of toy companies."
Big business proves the villain in Kline's informed discussion of how TV-marketing experts have manipulated children's views of culture. Read full book review >
THE RISE OF CHINA by William Overholt
Released: Nov. 29, 1993

"A timely report on the growth of the world's most dynamic economy, as well as a forceful argument that, often, successful political reform can follow only in the wake of—or alongside with- -economic reform."
A bullish report on China's explosively growing economy, predicting that the development of Chinese capitalism will effectively end Chinese Marxism. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 23, 1993

Though he's written two well-received financial histories, Grant (Money of the Mind, 1992; Bernard M. Baruch, 1983) is best known in financial circles for his twice-monthly newsletter, Grant's Interest Rate Observer. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 22, 1993

An economics professor's sometimes charming, sometimes glib, always counterintuitive guide to evaluating the small anomalies of daily life in a free-market society. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 17, 1993

"High-minded—if sometimes highhanded—prescriptions that will appeal to Hawken's large readership—as well as to, no doubt, Chicken Littles everywhere."
It's not easy being green but, here, Hawken (Growing a Business, 1987, etc.) proposes a utopian scheme that, for all its good intentions, could make the process even harder. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >