Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 175)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 6, 1997

"A bright spotlight cast on some very murky doings. (b&w illustrations)"
This thoroughgoing, even encyclopedic, history of insurance fraud in America is a first-rate, ripping yarn. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 5, 1997

"A thoughtful, provocative, and accessible book that should inspire much discussion in green circles."
An impassioned, well-defended argument for solar power in the place of our current fossil-fuel-based economy. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A tellingly detailed tract that could spark a new debate as to whether the World Bank is of any earthly use as presently organized."
A damning audit of the World Bank, which the author charges has failed to live up to either the limited purposes envisioned by its founders or the broader ambitions of latter-day administrators. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A vivid, tellingly detailed reconstruction of the birth and near-death experience of a consequential multinational enterprise, which ranges widely among such variant milieus as art, commerce, fashion, the media, politics, and show-biz. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A revelatory briefing on how, in less than 25 years, Charles and Maurice Saatchi managed to build and then nearly destroy the Western world's largest advertising agency. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Politically correct alarmism masquerading as prophetic analysis."
Greider (Who Will Tell the People, 1992, etc) has looked into the future and determined it won't work to his progressive/populist satisfaction. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"An uncompromising look at the thriving industry of relief agencies—which may do more harm than good to those they purport to serve."
Maren hurls stinging accusations and makes them stick: He paints development agencies (such as CARE) as self-perpetuating opportunists, funding their significant overhead through the misery of the world's unfortunates. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"This is one of those rare books that elevates the usual bureaucratic drudgery of corporate America to an almost Shakespearean level of characterization, passion, and drama. (Author tour)"
What Tracy Kidder did for computers, Brinkley now does for television, in this masterful chronicle of the flips, foibles, and frenzy that characterized the nearly decade-long race to develop high definition television (HDTV). Read full book review >
WAR BY OTHER MEANS by John J. Fialka
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A timely, tough-minded, and persuasively documented reminder that some of the Global Village's states do not play as fair as others."
An investigative reporter's cautionary overview of a persistent problem for American industry: the theft of its vital technology by friend and foe alike. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Leone, president of the Twentieth Century Fund (which sponsored Kuttner's book). (Author tour)"
An exhaustive but tendentious critique of market economics from the liberal commentator who first addressed this issue in The End of Laissez-Faire (1991). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A consummate pitchman's commercial manifesto, complete with an ingratiating rags-to-riches narrative and a host of case studies illuminating the tricks of his catalytic trade. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A thoroughly engaging and informative memoir from the man who did the most to create direct marketing, an ad-industry arm that now generates annual volume exceeding $1 trillion in the US alone. Read full book review >
WORLDLY GOODS by Lisa Jardine
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 31, 1996

"Jardine's primary research and conclusions appear sound and convincing, providing new insights into the acquisitive basis of a fascinating age that helped to shape our world. (16 color plates, 60 b&w illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
A perceptive history of the Renaissance from an original angle: its appetite for material possessions. Read full book review >
PR! by Stuart Ewen
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 4, 1996

"Any overview of such an important and surreptitious subject is welcome, even when it is so prosaically presented, but this is a far cry from a definitive history. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
This lengthy history of spin and public relations tends to get stuck in some very narrow grooves. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >