Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 174)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2001

"Sadly, there's no moral to be learned in Rivlin's weak tale, a classic example of a magazine article fattened up to make a book—and, in this case, an e-book as well."
A thin profile—in every sense—of one of the few high-tech movers and shakers who has so far failed to become a household name. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2001

"An appalling story of industry abuse and regulatory stupidity (and that's the generous reading)."
Have some lead with your french fries? Seattle Times reporter Wilson delivers a crackerjack investigative report on the toxic wastes in the fertilizer that helps grow the food on your table. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2001

"Perhaps more than anything, Russell's history of the Teamsters under Hoffa illustrates the vibrancy of the labor movement—for better or worse—during the middle 50 years of the 20th century. (8 pages of photographs, not seen)"
An unexpectedly enthralling academic account of Jimmy Hoffa's tactics and aspirations, from Barnard College historian Russell. Read full book review >
AVA’S MAN by Rick Bragg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A book that flashes with affection and respect for Charlie and the vanishing culture he represents, one we will be immensely the poorer for losing."
The story of a man who could charm a bird off a wire, beat the tar out of a threat, dandle a baby, tend a still, and smile—no, live—right through the meanest poverty the South could throw at him, from New York Times reporter and Pulitzer-winner Bragg (All Over But the Shoutin', 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A genial guide to this brave new world of Napster and Netscape."
An economist describes and assesses for the lay reader the varieties of current e-market models and speculates about the future of e-commerce. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2001

"Much nostalgia and admiration; very little analysis; virtually no censure."
Another paean to the "greatest generation" of young Americans, this time focusing on the B-24 bomber crews—with special attention to the crew of the Dakota Queen, piloted by future US Senator and 1972 presidential candidate George McGovern. Read full book review >
WHO’S QUALIFIED? by Lani Guinier
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 2001

"A well-intentioned proposal that is not quite ready for prime time."
A brief exchange about how best to ensure that all Americans have access to the most coveted schools and jobs. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2001

"Russia's tailspin is by now a tale with some moss on it, but Brzezinski tells it with appealing dash and indispensable black humor."
A cool stroll down the mean streets of Novy Russky's financial madness, under a rain of cynicism from former journalist Brzezinski. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2001

"Not a pretty picture."
Corporations conquer the art market. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 11, 2001

"An in-depth (sometimes excruciatingly so) financial history of a complex organization."
A somewhat dense, albeit informative, history and overview of the Federal Reserve System and its impact on the global economy. Read full book review >
A PASSION TO WIN by Sumner Redstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 8, 2001

"Outrageous as he is, for personality and readability, Redstone gets an A."
A robust autobiography by the self-styled owner and CEO of media conglomerate Viacom (published, incidentally, by the company's book subsidiary). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Fundamentally, however, time spent here is an enjoyable investment. (16 pp. b&w photos)"
Topping a standout decade for business, the mammoth DaimlerChrysler merger of 1998 was hard to miss, but this scoop goes into the vitals of the deal and cuts across headlines. 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 >