Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 174)

Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A judicious but lively take on a region that could give its name to the next century. (maps, not seen)"
An informed inquiry into the reasons for Southeast Asia's remarkable prosperity and the West's chances of capitalizing on it. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 18, 1995

"A structured but illuminating overview of a decidedly free- form corporation that may well serve as a textbook exemplar of excellence in ongoing innovation. (10 line drawings) (Author tour)"
Microsoft Corp. bestrides the widening world of PC software like a colossus, and here two technology-oriented academics show how the multinational company's success can provide noteworthy lessons for other commercial concerns jockeying for position in volatile high-tech markets. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 13, 1995

"Don't add this to the list of useless whatchamacallits that Popeil has already bamboozled you into obtaining. (b&w photos, not seen)"
This autobiography of the inventor and pitchman of Mr. Microphone and the Ronco Electric Food Dehydrator has virtually nothing to say, and its amusing moments are primarily of the laughing-at rather than laughing-with variety. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 12, 1995

"Intelligent and entertaining, Pinkerton offers some fodder for policy wonks, although his ideas do not amount to the promised conceptual sea change in our way of thinking about government."
In a diverting commentary on our increasingly dysfunctional political system, Newsday columnist and former Bush policy advisor Pinkerton predicts the imminent demise of bureaucracy and the rise of a ``new paradigm'' of government. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 1995

"A few valuable points buried in a long-winded argument for coming out."
A stultifying tome surveying the work experiences of white- collar gays and lesbians. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"As complete a story on a consequential financial institution and intermediary as is likely to be had this side of the corporate archives. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A revealing take on the secretive family firm that manages over $400 billion of the world's money and throws its weight around in capital markets. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"This is an important and accessible contribution to recent forest-ecology literature, and required reading for all federal and state officials. (25 illustrations, 3 figures, 4 maps)"
As presented by Langston (Environmental Studies/Univ. of Wisconsin), it is no idle metaphor to state that federal forest managers could not see the forest for the trees in pursuit of an efficient means of harvesting timber in Oregon's Blue Mountains. Read full book review >
COMPANY MAN by Anthony Sampson
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A quickstep but generally rewarding tour of the West's assembly lines, boardrooms, offices, and service centers that suggests, among other things, that history indeed repeats itself."
Sampson (The Midas Touch, 1990, etc.) draws on his experience as a student of the international business scene, and on a wealth of unconventional sources, to trace the evolution/revolution of life in great corporations, from the British East India Company through Microsoft. Read full book review >
BORNEO LOG by William W. Bevis
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"An absorbing, well-documented work that is of extreme and immediate relevance to both Third and First World peoples. (8 illustrations and maps, not seen)"
In a riveting account both beautiful and shocking, Bevis (English/Univ. of Montana) travels upriver in Borneo to witness the destruction of the world's oldest rain forests and one of the world's oldest cultures. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A communitarian tract longer on anticorporate bias than constructive proposals as to how a new age might be ushered in."
In this quixotic manifesto, development consultant Korten (founder of a Manhattan-based organization called the People- Centered Development Forum) has rather a lot to say against multinational corporations and for empowered communities sustaining themselves with traditional values and the judicious use of local resources. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 1995

"An impressive amassing of case histories, both horrifying and inspirational, resulting in a book that's breezy, sanctimonious, and dull. (Author tour)"
Reason Foundation fellows Eggers and O'Leary argue that government should be downsized and its energies redirected. ``Beyond the Beltway, in the towns, cities, and states of America . . .'' Here we go again. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >