Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 175)

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Enjoyable for scholars, travelers, and armchair dwellers alike. (41 b&w photos, not seen)"
A lively social history of the varied delights (ranging from food to sex, and from racial equality to the Louvre) that have at times drawn Americans to France. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"His pen is facile, his stories pleasing and fleeting."
Humorous, genial tales of living in a small New England town, in a big old house demanding a handyman's talents that New Yorker writer Owen (The Walls Around Us, 1991, etc.) doesn't possess. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 1998

"Sophisticated but accessible and powerful arguments for the open-minded."
A tour de force by an economist not so handicapped by theoretical orthodoxy that clear thinking is impossible. Read full book review >
RESCUING PROMETHEUS by Thomas P. Hughes
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 19, 1998

"A complex book, but the attentive reader will be able to manage it. (b&w photos, not seen)"
The odd and elusive story of how large-scale technological projects of the post-WWII era have created new, postmodern methods of management and engineering. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 1998

"A candid and enlightening look at a subject in which smoke and mirrors are primary props. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A remarkable look at the spinmeister who helped to invent public relations. Read full book review >

ON A ROLL by Howard Jonas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Not likely to become required reading at Harvard Business School, but nevertheless more engaging than it has any right to be."
The founder and CEO of the renegade International Discount Telecommunications firm (IDT) has passed his 40th birthday. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"If this is the standard to be applied, however, it is not obvious that true believers should be taken seriously."
Has there been a decade in the last two centuries when it was less necessary to write a defense of property rights? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 1998

"The story's moral: Genius is seldom solitary and is usually in need of money. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An unrevealing, workmanlike biography of Walt Disney's older brother, Roy, the financial brains behind Disney's success. Read full book review >
MANAGING MARTIANS by Donna Shirley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 1998

"Never say die! (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) ($65,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
To paraphrase the old soap opera: Can a rich girl from a small Oklahoma town find success and happiness married to her job as first woman manager of a NASA space program? Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1998

"Her book is a solid study of the birth, growth, and struggles of this computer giant. (Author tour)"
A thorough, thoughtful account of how America Online left its status as a lark to become the much-maligned but presently undisputed king of online services. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 24, 1998

"An intelligent and entertaining account of the business and culture of the Internet that skillfully merges a personal tale with the larger story."
An insider's account of the digital revolution, from its earliest days in the late 1980s to its sudden prominence in the media business. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1998

"Not for everyone, but an impressive historical achievement."
A painstakingly detailed account of the development of capitalist institutions and practices in Europe from the 11th to the 15th centuries by a French historian. 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 >