Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 175)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1994

"Galbraith still writes better than any of his colleagues, but this material is more suitable to an after-dinner speech before a mellow and pleasantly partisan audience."
From Galbraith, now 85 and professor emeritus at Harvard, a personal, idiosyncratic, and thin history of the economics of the century. Read full book review >
JUST DO IT by Donald Katz
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1994

"An engrossing and illuminating appreciation of a distinctive corporate culture."
An agreeably fervid take on what makes Nike Inc. a consistent winner in the ultracompetitive sports-and-fitness trade. Read full book review >

BEN AND JERRY'S by Fred Lager
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"A diverting take on a flourishing concern that, if not precisely a commercial paradigm, does its own thing with considerable style and gusto. (Author tour)"
An insider's engagingly informal history of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., a Vermont-based enterprise known for its scrumptious ice cream, profitable growth, and idiosyncratic brand of socioeconomic responsibility. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 25, 1994

"A compelling addition to the ongoing conservation debate, with new ideas on how we might stop trashing the earth."
A brilliantly informed look at one of the most pressing problems of the '90s—the waste crisis—by an economic development expert (How Can Africa Survive?, not reviewed). Read full book review >
THE FORCE by David Dorsey
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 18, 1994

"Dorsey. (First serial to Esquire; Fortune Book Club selection)"
Freelance journalist Dorsey offers an unsparingly detailed account of a year-long span in the professional lives of a four- man/three-woman group of high-caste hucksters who work out of Xerox Corp.'s district office in Cleveland. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 18, 1994

"Accessible, down-to-earth guidance on a demanding oversight philosophy that, for all its recuperative powers, promises the commercially challenged neither quick fixes nor instant salvation."
A journalist's objective and informative report on total quality management (TQM) in the US over the past 15 years. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 18, 1994

An arresting albeit donnish, reappraisal of the forces driving the global economy, from a man of the left who minces few words about his progressive agenda. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 15, 1994

"For all its colorful coinages, an essentially conventional, cut-and-paste guide that won't tell management professionals a whole lot they don't already know."
Give consultant Albrecht credit for an arresting metaphor, but not much else, in his latest excursion into the well-trodden bourns of organizational theory and practice. Read full book review >
SNAPSHOTS FROM HELL by Peter Robinson
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 14, 1994

"Not the ultimate B-school survival guide, but a genial description of everything about getting an MBA that you wanted to know but were afraid to find out. (Author tour)"
A funny and frenetic account of Robinson's crucial first year in Stanford's MBA program, offering an education in itself as well as a cautionary tale. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 9, 1994

"But despite these flaws, Unequal Protection is likely to be an eye-opener—both to those who are not aware of discriminatory environmental policies and to those who are."
This anthology explores the history of environmental racism (the locating of an unfair share of toxic hazards in communities of color) and provides case studies from around the country of blatant discrimination. Read full book review >
CERTAIN TRUMPETS by Garry Wills
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 9, 1994

"1980s."
Wills (History/Northwestern) has written a stunningly literate and thoughtful examination of what makes a leader. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 6, 1994

"A consistently absorbing and informed briefing on the negative socioeconomic consequences that can accrue from the best of intentions. (16 pages of photos)"
A somber assessment of how US airlines have gotten along since their mid-1970s deregulation, by two trade journalists who fear the industry may be in for recurrent Sturm and Drang. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >