Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 175)

FOR GOD, COUNTRY, AND COCA-COLA by Mark Pendergrast
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 4, 1993

"A chatty, scrupulously documented account of a corporate phenomenon (and far more revealing than Elizabeth Candler Graham's The Real Ones, 1992) that's a bit like Coke itself: zesty and transiently refreshing. (Eight pages of photographs—not seen)"
While the subtitle of Pendergrast's study suggests an ambush of Coca-Cola, the author obviously received at least semiofficial assistance in compiling his gossipy, essentially sympathetic history of a company that has attained cultural as well as commercial success. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 1993

"The lives make up about two-fifths of this lengthy work and, except perhpas to other behavioral scientists, are much more readable than the voluminous commentaries, charts, graphs, and tables with which they're interspersed."
Six in-depth life histories—plus much ancillary material— drawn from the Berkeley Longitudinal Studies and illustrating Clausen's theory that choices made in youth determine the courses of our lives. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Credible—and potentially useful to many."
Conscientious, literate help for the ``millions of Americans'' who suffer from money-centered addictions. ``Like food and sex,'' says therapist Boundy, ``money is a powerful psychic symbol'' as well as a common focus of cravings. Read full book review >
THE CARE AND FEEDING OF IDEAS by Bill Backer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Persuasive texts in this genre are few and far between, indeed. (Illustrations—not seen)"
Songwriting adman Backer (as in Backer Spielvogel Bates Worldwide) tells, in some detail, how he did it. Read full book review >
BEAR TRAP by Paul Gibson
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Gibson goes hunting for bear—but his aim is way off the mark."
Haphazard critique much exaggerating the latter-day difficulties of the financial-services industry without addressing the implications of its ongoing—and convulsive—restructuring. Read full book review >

HIGH RISE by Jerry Adler
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 28, 1993

"What Adler might have hoped would be a high-rolling success story stands now as a cautionary but no less entertaining tale of the Eighties' cockamamie hubris. (Photographs) (First serial to New York)"
Times Square was slated for ambitious redevelopment in the mid-1980's when real-estate developer Bruce Eichner set out to build a skyscraper at 1540 Broadway. Read full book review >
NO BREATHING ROOM by Grigori Medvedev
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 26, 1993

"Of historical interest, since the Soviet bureaucracy Medvedev denounces no longer exists; but timely as well, since the nuclear industries of the post-Soviet republics appear to share many of the old regime's vices, while the ecological effects of the disaster continue."
In an account written before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the chief engineer of the Chernobyl nuclear plant at the time of its construction (in 1970) relates the grim aftermath of the 1986 disaster and the attempted cover-up by the Gorbachev regime. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 26, 1993

"Tough, timely talk: an important book on an increasingly hot topic."
In a book that's bound to be controversial, New Yorker staff writer Bonner (Weakness and Deceit, 1984) charges Western animal- rights activists with practicing ``eco-colonialism,'' which he deems as detrimental to the people of Africa as old-style colonialism. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 20, 1993

"A wonderful book. (Sixty-six photographs, drawings, and floor plans)"
Hawes's fine book, her first, employs architectural criticism, economic chronicle, and urban sociology to create a picture of how Manhattan turned from a series of pastures broken by single-family dwellings into a breathtaking erector set of multiple dwellings: a shift to modernity as a reliable indicator of ``the workings of the urban mind.'' Prior to 1869, anyone who didn't have to live communally in a single building certainly never would. Read full book review >
CITICORP by Richard B. Miller
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 15, 1993

"The bottom line: not a solid reader-investment."
An amateurish and slipshod audit of Citicorp, the troubled holding company for America's largest commercial bank. Read full book review >
POST-CAPITALIST SOCIETY by Peter F. Drucker
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 14, 1993

"A thinking person's guide to the challenging world ahead."
Perceptive takes on the "postcapitalist" era, which, according to Drucker (Managing for the Future, 1992, etc.), got under way shortly after WW II. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 12, 1993

"An unmemorable but good-hearted addition to the tradition of Dale Carnegie and Norman Vincent Peale."
A Christian businessman offers an inspirational blueprint for happiness—which includes ownership of a small business, unlimited opportunity to accumulate wealth, and development of a ``positive, compassionate'' stance toward one's own and others' ``dreams.'' In bite-sized segments with subtitles like ``Who Was Karl Marx and Why Was He So Angry at Capitalism?'' and ``Winners Heeded! Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >