Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 174)

Released: Sept. 18, 1992

"A largely routine, essentially redundant primer on productive and prescient stewardship."
Pedestrian variations on a theme that Nanus (The Leader's Edge, 1989; coauthor, Leaders, 1985) has played before, albeit to no great effect. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"While Sullivan is right to decry the gap in the current literature on Japan, he fails to stake out new territory here."
From Sullivan (Univ. of Washington Business School): a study that's part exploration of the role of Japanese corporations in American life, part critique of the current US-Japan dialogue, part how-to for Americans working for Japanese managers—and far too meandering and diffuse to offer a proper treatment of its many subjects. Read full book review >

YOUNG MEN AND FIRE by Norman Maclean
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"It is also an exercise in age-old wisdom—the lesson that suffering is the surest path to truth—exhaustively researched and lovingly expressed. (Thirteen halftones, two maps—not seen.)"
The terrifying story of the worst disaster in the history of the US Forest Service's elite Smokejumpers outfit, by the author of the classic A River Runs Through It (1976). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A one-note harangue, then, that sounds more like Miniver Cheevy than Jeremiah."
A scattershot rant whose targets range from feckless CEOs and venal Wall Streeters through conspicuous consumers. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Insightful perspectives on an economic force to be reckoned with."
An informative introduction to the widening world of German business. Read full book review >

MEGATRENDS FOR WOMEN by Patricia Aburdene
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

The wife/husband team responsible for Megatrends 2000 (1989) and Re-Inventing the Corporation (1985) furnishes another slick set of socioeconomic forecasts. Read full book review >
REAL MAGIC by Wayne W. Dyer
Released: Aug. 3, 1992

"Dyer's strength is in popularizing these thinkers and their ideas for the mainstream; his weakness is in a certain whiff of infatuation with his own celebrity that now and then wafts up from his pages."
Dyer (You'll See It When You Believe It, 1989, etc.) recaps the major tenets of New Age thinking—power meditation, unified field theory, mind-body healing, and prosperity consciousness, to name a few. ``Real magic,'' according to Dyer, is the seemingly miraculous response of the environment to a unity of purpose and belief in the individual. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Where it differs from 30's writing is in its lack of drive, fire, and eloquence: The social scientist in Sonneman makes her an accurate, detached observer—good enough to win a citation of merit from the Western States Book Awards—but doesn't produce memorable writing."
Absorbing memoir/history of migrant work and workers by anthropologist Sonneman, herself a former migrant worker. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"An evenhanded introduction to as unlovable and consequential a crew as ever pounded a boardroom's conference table."
A blue-chip rundown on the predatory Wall Streeters who incur sizable risks in hope of realizing handsome rewards—by taking big positions at a discount in the distressed debt securities of Chapter 11 casualties. Read full book review >
Released: July 24, 1992

"An exhaustive log that may strike some as merely exhausting. (Sixteen pages of photos.)"
Aviation buffs probably will revel in this thoroughgoing chronicle of Boeing Co., but the relentlessly upbeat text provides nonenthusiasts with appreciably more detail than they're likely to want. Read full book review >
Released: July 17, 1992

"Might prove of use, though, if you were preparing to play a transvestite in a movie."
A primer on ``Sex Talk Differences'' by Hollywood guru Glass (Say it Right, 1991, etc.—not reviewed), offering practical advice on how to succeed in love and business by overcoming gender traits in conversation. Read full book review >
HIGHWAYS TO HEAVEN by Christopher Finch
Released: July 15, 1992

"A bracing tour through 20th-century American culture. (One hundred b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Cultural historian Finch (co-author, Gone Hollywood, 1979; Rainbow, 1975) deftly examines Americans' auto eroticism and the revolutionary alterations it has made in the country's landscape. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >