Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 174)

BEAR TRAP by Paul Gibson
Released: May 1, 1993

"Gibson goes hunting for bear—but his aim is way off the mark."
Haphazard critique much exaggerating the latter-day difficulties of the financial-services industry without addressing the implications of its ongoing—and convulsive—restructuring. Read full book review >
HIGH RISE by Jerry Adler
Released: April 28, 1993

"What Adler might have hoped would be a high-rolling success story stands now as a cautionary but no less entertaining tale of the Eighties' cockamamie hubris. (Photographs) (First serial to New York)"
Times Square was slated for ambitious redevelopment in the mid-1980's when real-estate developer Bruce Eichner set out to build a skyscraper at 1540 Broadway. Read full book review >

NO BREATHING ROOM by Grigori Medvedev
Released: April 26, 1993

"Of historical interest, since the Soviet bureaucracy Medvedev denounces no longer exists; but timely as well, since the nuclear industries of the post-Soviet republics appear to share many of the old regime's vices, while the ecological effects of the disaster continue."
In an account written before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the chief engineer of the Chernobyl nuclear plant at the time of its construction (in 1970) relates the grim aftermath of the 1986 disaster and the attempted cover-up by the Gorbachev regime. Read full book review >
Released: April 26, 1993

"Tough, timely talk: an important book on an increasingly hot topic."
In a book that's bound to be controversial, New Yorker staff writer Bonner (Weakness and Deceit, 1984) charges Western animal- rights activists with practicing ``eco-colonialism,'' which he deems as detrimental to the people of Africa as old-style colonialism. Read full book review >
Released: April 20, 1993

"A wonderful book. (Sixty-six photographs, drawings, and floor plans)"
Hawes's fine book, her first, employs architectural criticism, economic chronicle, and urban sociology to create a picture of how Manhattan turned from a series of pastures broken by single-family dwellings into a breathtaking erector set of multiple dwellings: a shift to modernity as a reliable indicator of ``the workings of the urban mind.'' Prior to 1869, anyone who didn't have to live communally in a single building certainly never would. Read full book review >

CITICORP by Richard B. Miller
Released: April 15, 1993

"The bottom line: not a solid reader-investment."
An amateurish and slipshod audit of Citicorp, the troubled holding company for America's largest commercial bank. Read full book review >
Released: April 14, 1993

"A thinking person's guide to the challenging world ahead."
Perceptive takes on the "postcapitalist" era, which, according to Drucker (Managing for the Future, 1992, etc.), got under way shortly after WW II. Read full book review >
Released: April 12, 1993

"An unmemorable but good-hearted addition to the tradition of Dale Carnegie and Norman Vincent Peale."
A Christian businessman offers an inspirational blueprint for happiness—which includes ownership of a small business, unlimited opportunity to accumulate wealth, and development of a ``positive, compassionate'' stance toward one's own and others' ``dreams.'' In bite-sized segments with subtitles like ``Who Was Karl Marx and Why Was He So Angry at Capitalism?'' and ``Winners Heeded! Read full book review >
IN AN ANTIQUE LAND by Amitav Ghosh
Released: April 5, 1993

"Moving in its humanity, revealing in its analyses: an exceptionally satisfying work."
An engrossing chronicle of historical detection smoothly integrated into a subtly shaped picture of village life in modern Egypt; by an Indian novelist (The Circle of Reason, 1986) of great sensitivity and power. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"But his facts, and much of his analysis, will reward the careful reader."
A second, uneven installment of the economic apocalypse according to New York Times reporter Kurtzman (The Decline and Crash of the American Economy, 1988). Read full book review >
AN INVENTED LIFE by Warren Bennis
Released: April 1, 1993

"A sort of intellectual memoir that delivers an engaging sampler of an important business scholar's past and present work."
If the text at hand were an art show, it would be described as a retrospective. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"Despite the flaws, though: a sweeping critique—its proposals cool, smart, and imaginative—with enough common sense to give the most die-hard environmentalists pause."
An exhaustive analysis—and allocation—of environmental responsibility along global and national lines from a legal viewpoint, with a glance at the ethical dimensions of the problem. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >