Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 175)

Released: Feb. 24, 1994

"Altogether, a splendid introduction to a full-blast management method that, against the grain, clearly views control as a cooperative proposition."
Brokers occasionally tell enthusiastic investors a gnomic story: only two people in the whole world understand gold; unfortunately, they disagree. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 15, 1994

A wide-ranging if scholarly audit of the extent to which competitive necessity has modified (and should alter) America's workplace practices. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 9, 1994

"If you're as smart as Caplan claims, you probably don't need to read this book."
A plodding, repetitive self-help manifesto by psychologist Caplan (Psychiatry/Univ. of Toronto; Between Women, 1981, etc.) that accuses experts in the fields of medicine, law, and psychiatry of deliberately using rank-pulling strategies to intimidate the hapless consumer. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 3, 1994

"In all: an enjoyable history both of commercial aviation and a leading US airline."
On a fascinating and informative journey, reporter and novelist Reiss (The Last Spy, p. 1331, etc.) examines what keeps passengers safe in the air. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Colorful, packed with facts and delivering a clear message: that the risks of investing in biotechnology aren't just high—they're stratospheric."
A you-are-there account of the turbulent early days of Vertex, a high-tech, high-risk biotechnology firm. Read full book review >

CAREER CRASH by Barry Glassner
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Timely and readable career advice."
An affable, helpful look at the baby boomer generation's seemingly distinctive form of midlife emergency—losing a job and being unable to find another—by Glassner (Sociology/Univ. of Southern California; Bodies, 1988; Drugs in Adolescent Worlds, 1987). Read full book review >
CITIZEN WORKER by David Montgomery
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"In sum, an academic's informed and densely annotated reflections on the paradox of freedom as it applied to earlier workers; offering few substantive links to 20th-century circumstances, however, the study's appeal appears limited to specialists."
A perceptive but pedantic look at the socioeconomic and political lot of America's 19th-century working class. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Wide-angle perspectives that afford a framework for assessing a widening world's increasingly intertwined economy."
A measured, anecdotally documented brief for the proposition that a few hundred corporate leviathans have gained a controlling interest in the world economy—at no small cost to national and local governments striving to preserve a sense of community. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 26, 1994

"Another slick status report on putatively earth-shaking shifts in the increasingly interdependent but fragmenting global economy from a past master of the futurist game."
Naisbitt (Megatrends 2000, etc.) here focuses on an apparent incongruity, if not contradiction, in the Global Village's premillennial, post-cold war order. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 17, 1994

"A thoughtful analysis of an extraordinarily complex problem, as well as a concise summary of feminist thought over the past four decades: of appeal to anyone interested in understanding the feminist revolution."
A subtle and sensitive exploration of why professional women continue to fail at achieving equality with men in the workplace: a follow-up to Apter's Why Women Don't Have Wives (1985). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 10, 1994

"As lush and deadly as the Amazon it maps."
A hyperbolic paean to the Amazon rain forest: said to be a 1991 French bestseller. Read full book review >
SILENT DEPRESSION by Wallace C. Peterson
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Peterson's solutions aren't as revolutionary as he claims, but he presents them—and his telling analysis—with clarity and force."
A proficient analysis of what ails the American economy- -which, according to economist Peterson, has been in a ``silent depression'' since 1973. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >