Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 175)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 19, 1997

"Even a quick dip into this collection will convince you of that."
The Bering Sea in January can be a mean place, as Walker (Working on the Edge, 1991) relates in this spine-tingling (if redundant) collection—particularly when the winds clip by at 100 mph, the waves crest at 60 feet, the water temperature is 38 degrees, it's nightime, and your boat is sinking. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 1997

"Though this is unsatisfying as a skim-milk latte in places, Schultz is less a braggart and more a true believer than many CEOs, and (with Business Week staffer Yang) he provides a pleasing read. ($300,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A chatty history of Starbucks by its CEO, who announces that he considers the company to be only in its third chapter (which is nowhere near the eleventh). Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A sermon on gluttony and sloth and a jeremiad against those who aid, abet, and profit from these sins. (Author tour)"
``The very act of living in the United States puts you at great risk for obesity,'' warns science writer Fumento in this harangue with a clear message: The fault, dear fatties, lies in overconsumption and underexertion. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"For all its theoretical fuzziness and scattered organization, much of McKenna's analysis is sound—and timely. (Author tour)"
An accurate, though imperfectly analyzed, account of an unfinished revolution. Read full book review >
WALL STREET by Charles Geisst
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A history of Wall Street educating the general public about this important and often confusing institution is a worthy goal— and one not yet achieved."
Geisst (Finance/Manhattan Coll.) attempts a comprehensive history of Wall Street. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A timely reminder that the blessings of America's good times remain unequally distributed."
An academic's arresting appraisal of what he deems a serious lack of employment opportunity in a booming domestic economy. Read full book review >
JUGGLING by Jane S. Gould
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Despite this admitted shortcoming and the occasional excess of personal information, Juggling provides an honest and insightful consideration of one courageous woman's experience."
A sobering account of women's struggle for opportunity and equality in the work force, seen through the eyes of one of the leaders in the fight. Read full book review >
COD by Mark Kurlansky
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

Cod—that whitest of the white-fleshed fish, prize of every fish-and-chips establishment—gets expert, loving, and encyclopedic handling from Food and Wine columnist Kurlansky (A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"While optimistic about many consultants, however, the authors warn companies to be wary of too much good advice. (Author tour)"
A look into the insular and highly confidential world of consulting firms like Bain & Co., Andersen Consulting, McKinsey & Co., and Deloitte & Touche. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 16, 1997

"A first-rate work of journalism in the public interest."
A disquieting, highly effective assault on the American way of producing and eating food. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 16, 1997

"If Chernow provides no breakthrough perspectives to arrest the attention of professionals, he delivers a sound, accessible account of the forces shaping capital, credit, currency, and securities markets on the eve of a new millennium."
Three ad rem essays from National Book Award winner Chernow on the convulsive shift in the balance of monetary power (from commercial, investment, and merchant bankers to financial conglomerates) that has marked 20th-century capitalism. Read full book review >
THE UNDERTAKING by Thomas Lynch
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 1, 1997

"Already excerpted in Harper's and the London Review of Books, this thoughtful volume is neither too sentimental nor too clinical about death's role (and the author's) in our lives. (illustrations, not seen)"
Eloquent, meditative observations on the place of death in small-town life, from the only poet/funeral director in Milford, Mich. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >