Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 174)

ON A ROLL by Howard Jonas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Not likely to become required reading at Harvard Business School, but nevertheless more engaging than it has any right to be."
The founder and CEO of the renegade International Discount Telecommunications firm (IDT) has passed his 40th birthday. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"If this is the standard to be applied, however, it is not obvious that true believers should be taken seriously."
Has there been a decade in the last two centuries when it was less necessary to write a defense of property rights? Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 1998

"The story's moral: Genius is seldom solitary and is usually in need of money. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An unrevealing, workmanlike biography of Walt Disney's older brother, Roy, the financial brains behind Disney's success. Read full book review >
MANAGING MARTIANS by Donna Shirley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 1998

"Never say die! (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) ($65,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
To paraphrase the old soap opera: Can a rich girl from a small Oklahoma town find success and happiness married to her job as first woman manager of a NASA space program? Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1998

"Her book is a solid study of the birth, growth, and struggles of this computer giant. (Author tour)"
A thorough, thoughtful account of how America Online left its status as a lark to become the much-maligned but presently undisputed king of online services. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 24, 1998

"An intelligent and entertaining account of the business and culture of the Internet that skillfully merges a personal tale with the larger story."
An insider's account of the digital revolution, from its earliest days in the late 1980s to its sudden prominence in the media business. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1998

"Not for everyone, but an impressive historical achievement."
A painstakingly detailed account of the development of capitalist institutions and practices in Europe from the 11th to the 15th centuries by a French historian. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"Engagingly written, but essentially a reworking of the territory of the author's earlier books, without many surprises. (Author tour)"
The Cinderella Complex revisited, this time with dollar signs added. Read full book review >
SOTHEBY'S--BIDDING FOR CLASS by Robert Lacey
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"As smooth, beguiling, and speedy as any auctioneer's patter, Lacey's account mounts in excitement, ending in Sotheby's successful sale of a slice of the duke and duchess of Windsor's wedding cake. (b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
If the world's oldest auction house is still reeling from the art smuggling sting in Peter Watson's Sotheby's: The Inside Story (1997), it won't enjoy Lacey's gossipy, page-turning history. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"Sober and sobering. (86 tables, one map, one line figure)"
paper 0-520-21486-2 A thorough academic study of the biggest government bankruptcy in US history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"For good Hamptons gossip, read Steven Gaines's Philistines at the Hedgerow (p. 631). (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The author of Buckingham Babylon (1993) exposes more sin and scandal, in the usual tabloid way. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO KENNEDY by John Kenneth Galbraith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 1998

"Reports on politics in India and a military clash with China will be of moderate interest for students of south Asian politics, but ultimately there is little here to capture the attention of the general reader."
Collections of letters are precious when the correspondents are prominent and the content is of enduring value, for example the Adams/Jefferson letters. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >