Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 171)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Abraham the dreamer felt cut from honest cloth; Abraham the overachiever, who has won out by book's end, is a bad copy."
A heartfelt but ultimately tedious journey of discovery for two corporate execs who shuck the rat race and hit the road. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

Lingering over a cup of coffee and a newspaper at Boston's Someday Cafe, Cohen (Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World, 1994) immerses herself in a Proustian rumination on the origins of the familiar: glass, paper, coffee beans. ``Who made this thing? Read full book review >

MAYE & FAYE'S BUILDING & LOAN by Maye Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Hooray for Maye and Faye, but their story, unfortunately, is a magazine article stretched too far. ($65,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Small-town values—integrity, responsibility, neighborliness, hard work—prevail in the success story of two sisters from West Virginia. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Vincent Foster'' in a vitriolic attack on the Clintons) raise questions about their objectivity, you have to respect authors who boldly state their convictions and predictions. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
In this combination of sweeping metahistory and myopic self- interest some statements are penetrating, others appalling, and all are astonishing. Read full book review >
ANDRÉ CITROEN by John Reynolds
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 20, 1997

"Flat and unrevealing. (b&w photos)"
An uncritical biography of one of France's premier automakers, from a British journalist who takes a far greater interest in machines than in men or women. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"A savvy observer's perceptive (and optimistic) take on a populous part of the world that remains an afterthought for most North Americans."
An intriguing, discursive inquiry into the variant wealth of Latin and North American nations, from a former foreign aid official who knows the territory. Read full book review >
THE BANKERS by Martin Mayer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 13, 1997

"Engrossing and perceptive perspectives on developments that could signal the twilight of traditional over-the-counter banking."
Much has happened to America's depository institutions in the more than two decades since Mayer wrote The Bankers, and his elegant update provides an informed guide to the convulsive change that has brought a remote, buttoned-down profession into the rowdy, high-tech world of financial services. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 6, 1997

"A bright spotlight cast on some very murky doings. (b&w illustrations)"
This thoroughgoing, even encyclopedic, history of insurance fraud in America is a first-rate, ripping yarn. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 5, 1997

"A thoughtful, provocative, and accessible book that should inspire much discussion in green circles."
An impassioned, well-defended argument for solar power in the place of our current fossil-fuel-based economy. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A tellingly detailed tract that could spark a new debate as to whether the World Bank is of any earthly use as presently organized."
A damning audit of the World Bank, which the author charges has failed to live up to either the limited purposes envisioned by its founders or the broader ambitions of latter-day administrators. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A vivid, tellingly detailed reconstruction of the birth and near-death experience of a consequential multinational enterprise, which ranges widely among such variant milieus as art, commerce, fashion, the media, politics, and show-biz. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A revelatory briefing on how, in less than 25 years, Charles and Maurice Saatchi managed to build and then nearly destroy the Western world's largest advertising agency. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Politically correct alarmism masquerading as prophetic analysis."
Greider (Who Will Tell the People, 1992, etc) has looked into the future and determined it won't work to his progressive/populist satisfaction. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >