Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 174)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 4, 1992

"Right as far as it goes, but falling far short of solving a problem that is as much international and cultural as institutional."
How US labor and management can compete effectively with foreign producers, by the father-and-son team of Irving Bluestone (Labor Studies/Wayne State Univ.) and Barry Bluestone (coauthor, The Deindustrialization of America, 1982). Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 4, 1992

"Cavils apart: an informative behind-the-scenes briefing on what makes an inspirational leader and his competitive concern tick. (B&w photographs—16 pp.—not seen.)"
Journalist Garrett's fly-on-the-wall appreciation of what goes on at Rose's Dataflex company, which for all the deference paid her nominal coauthor's charismatic management style affords some insights into how a mid-sized firm can be run for fun as well as profit. Read full book review >

A DAY IN THE NIGHT OF AMERICA by Kevin Coyne
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"In the end, some jobs are just more worth reading about than others, regardless of when they're performed—which makes about half this book worth staying up for and the other half relief from insomnia."
Attention all 28 million Americans awake and working after midnight: This book's for you. Read full book review >
WARREN BUFFETT by Andrew Kilpatrick
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 28, 1992

"So: a valentine to an allocator of capital who, by almost all accounts, is a credit to his demanding profession. (Photographs— not seen.)"
If diligence alone could yield a revealing portrait, Kilpatrick's biography of Warren Buffett—arguably the world's most astute, honest, and successful investor—would be a ten-strike. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Laurie's conclusions are debatable, but by giving a voice to the growing number of Yankee samurai, he has added valuable insight into American-Japanese relations."
A front-line view of the uneasy intertwining of Japanese and American cultures as experienced by ``Yankee samurai,'' or American employees of US-based subsidiaries of Japanese companies. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 2, 1992

"Serrin has made Homestead's tragedy our own. (B&w photos—16 pages—not seen.)"
A profoundly moving elegy on the death of a legendary Pennsylvania steel town—and, by extension, the end of a century of Smokestack America—from Serrin (Journalism/NYU), a former labor correspondent for The New York Times. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Speculative nonsense, albeit of the slick, state-of-the-art sort for which there is an indisputably durable demand."
An overstated case for the proposition that our socioeconomic future depends largely upon the emergence of amorphous entities that the authors dub ``virtual corporations.'' By the breathless account of Davidow (Marketing High Technology, 1986) and Malone (Going Public, 1991, etc.), a virtual corporation is a radically restructured, free-form enterprise equipped to deliver immediate consumer gratification in cost- effective fashion. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A surfeit of reinvented wheels and overbearing, jargon-marred preaching."
In the wake of accepting N.Y.C.'s Catholic Archdiocese as a PR client of Hill & Knowlton Inc. last year, Dilenschneider was obliged to step down as the firm's CEO. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Valuable for its shrewd analysis of the political background of health-care policy."
Historical and geographical perspective on our health-care crisis, by a former Maine legislator and governor's aide. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A balanced, interpretive progress report on a world-class business leader whose career story remains to be told in full."
A workmanlike appreciation of John Francis (``Neutron Jack'') Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"In any case, a moral call to arms, trumpeted with spirit."
A Catholic priest sets out to explain that the union of a free society and a free-market economy is not a shotgun wedding but a marriage made in heaven. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"In the meantime, this savvy briefing could help venturesome apostles of free enterprise steer clear of the many pitfalls that await outlanders in what once was the USSR."
A breezy, street-wise guide to doing business in the erstwhile Soviet Union that does for the so-called Commonwealth of Independent States—the ``New Russia''—approximately what P.J. O'Rourke's Parliament of Whores did for the US government. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >