Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 175)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"On the whole, however, he provides a clear briefing on a financial fiasco whose consequences could prove earthshaking for insurers and insured alike. (12-page photo insert)"
An intelligible and generally absorbing rundown on how one of the world's best known but least understood financial institutions came to possibly terminal grief. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"Expect fierce outcries from the Walden crowd."
Wonderful splashes of ice water to chill the hearts and dampen the enthusiasm of the most die-hard environmentalists. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Griffin overlays a message of almost unrelieved sorrow, fear, and anger with a distasteful superiority of tone that is unlikely to win her converts. (Author tour)"
Griffin (A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War, 1992, etc.) calls for a recovery of the sense of meaning that ties human existence to the physical earth and the universe. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Coherent if run-of-the-mill counsel from a don who could learn a thing or two from the sophisticated perspectives in Kenichi Ohmae's The End of the Nation State (p. 691). (First serial to Harvard Business Review; author tour)"
An academic's generic advisories on what, with awesome self- assurance but no particularly fresh insights, she asserts it will take commercial enterprises and their host communities to prosper in the Global Village's increasingly interdependent economy. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"An informative and engrossing glimpse of whats behind the small wonders of an advanced consumer society. (First printing of 50,000)"
A journalist's bemused but revealing take on a hectic 12 months in the professional life of a Microsoft design/development team fashioning a new product intended to give the software colossus a jump start in the burgeoning multimedia market. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A credible worst-case evaluation of what slower economic growth has and could cost the American polity if the nation fails to regain its historic momentum."
Madrick looks into the vast vessel that is the US economy and pronounces it half emptyand draining. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"And once again Brockway poses that challenging and provocative question: Why don't they?"
Brockway (The End of Economic Man, 1991, etc.) provides here a selection from ten years of musings on ``The Dismal Science'' from his monthly column for The New Leader. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"No heavy lifting required."
Professional longshoreman and itinerant fruit picker Theriault punches in with a perspective that has been out of fashion lately: that of the worker who, he demonstrates, is entitled to some respect. Read full book review >
THE FALL OF THE PACKARD MOTOR CAR COMPANY by James A. Ward
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"At the end, one is left without an inkling as to whether Packard's collapse was an inevitable consequence of the radical industrial changes America experienced over the last century or merely an unfortunate series of avoidable managerial blunders. (51 illustrations, not seen)"
A well-researched, albeit dry and repetitive chronicle of the decline of one of America's most famous ``independents.'' Ward (History/Univ. of Tennessee) takes the reader on a 60- year historical ride, from Packard's introduction of the Model A in 1899 to its dissolution in 1958. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 30, 1995

"A savvy observer's episodic briefing on an ethnic group that bears watching in a world economy no longer constrained by sociopolitical frontiers."
An illuminating if impressionistic appreciation of the Overseas Chinese, mainland ÇmigrÇs who down through the ages have become an economic force throughout Southeast Asia and beyondnotably, on North America's West Coast. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 15, 1995

"Gans's analysis of the popular code word reads like a fascinating footnote; the rest of the book is familiar going."
Sociologist Gans (Columbia; Middle American Individualism, 1988, etc.) deconstructs the pejorative label "underclass'' and offers some pie-in-the-sky proposals for eliminating poverty in America. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 14, 1995

"A challenging, elegant exegesis that puts intellectual meat on the bones of Benjamin Franklin's tip to his fellow revolutionaries at the signing of the Declaration of Independence: 'We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.'"
Fukuyama offers a general theory of prosperity that provides provocative answers to certain of the questions he raised in The End of History and the Last Man (1992). 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 >