Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 174)

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Derber wants long-term stability, where accountability starts at and proceeds from the individual guided by the basic tenets of human decency."
An optimistic critique of globalization from Derber (Sociology/Boston Coll.; Corporation Nation, not reviewed). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2002

"Readable and near-comprehensive. Those inclined to anticapitalist views may take issue with Muller's assurances that things seem to go better with free markets, but his far-reaching survey provides grist for many mills."
A thoughtful study of European responses, pro and con, to the steady ascent of capital, and of an intellectual preoccupation with the capitalist economy that has endured for centuries. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2002

"Siebert sums up her own story best: 'I don't know if I've ever broken into the Old Boy Network, but I've survived without it, and a lot of people who didn't accept me at first learned to respect me.'"
Memoir by the first woman to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. Read full book review >
MEMOIRS by David Rockefeller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2002

"A memoir, rich as a Rockefeller, that should fire up historians, pundits, and commentators: every page raises unanswered questions about a remarkable life. (Photo insert, not seen)"
Mild-mannered plutocrat recalls some excellent adventures in a temperate, often candid text. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 7, 2002

"Folksy, and too humble by half: Israel-Curley was a rare bird, and it paid off handsomely. (128 b&w photographs)"
The history of Judy's, the young women's clothing chain, along with tried-and-true business advice, from the force behind the operation. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2002

"Sizzling good stuff such as this, though sometimes buried in detail, will keep many readers moving along through Andrew's pages. Could it all happen again? Bet on it."
A sordid tale of the abuse of presidential power by Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, an abuse enthusiastically enabled by snooping accountants. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Ethical ambition isn't an oxymoron, says Bell, but a winding road that likely feeds the spirit more than the pocketbook."
In a quietly energizing treatise, Bell (Constitutional Law/NYU School of Law; Confronting Authority, 1994, etc.) addresses the question of living ethically and with fulfillment. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Good-humored bottom-line account of the changes wrought when a successful and independent woman becomes a mother."
With the recent spate of books by primiparas on the joys and conflicts of motherhood, a new one needs a gimmick and this one has it: a brittle, comic, and sporadically insightful month-by-month record of how much baby is costing. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A clever, invaluable zoomorphic study with a wealth of information on what makes the rich tick. (Photo insert)"
Conniff, who specializes in the animal world (Every Creepy Thing, 1998, etc.), casts an inquisitive eye on the human race's big dogs in their diverse habitats, from the Breakers to Blenheim. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Accomplished but finally dispiriting, as the wry, revealing dialogue and gritty South Philly detail give way to sour cynicism."
Drawing on the series of articles he wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer's Sunday magazine, bestselling author Bowden (Black Hawk Down, 1999, etc.) tells the comic but ultimately pathetic true story of a loser whose life turned upside down when he stumbled on $1.2 million. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"There are sure to be many accounts of Enron's collapse, but Bryce's gossipy version will be hard to beat for sheer readability."
An Austin-based reporter delivers the behind-the-scenes story of Enron's rise and fall. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 12, 2002

"Readers on all sides of the taxation issue will find useful material in Weisman's fluent narrative, solid proof that financial history need not be dull."
A book to warm an IRS agent's heart: a lucid history and careful defense of the US income tax. 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 >