Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 175)

Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A bold political analysis that should inspire public life but, alas, probably will not."
Slim volume, broad implications. Read full book review >
CONVERSATIONS by Marian Christy
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"Recycled but occasionally tantalizing sound bites from an eclectic group of accomplished women."
A series of short, sometimes revealing celebrity interviews that try to probe beyond the usual "How does it feel to be a star?" material. Read full book review >

EAT THE RICH by P.J. O’Rourke
Released: Sept. 8, 1998

"It's all selective blarney, of course, and a funny, pungent paean to the glory of free enterprise as well. (First printing, 150,00; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour; radio satellite tour)"
America's leading right-wing humorist (not a very crowded field, admittedly) turns to that dismal science, economics. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 7, 1998

"If for no other reason, this is a book to read and consider."
A well-argued study by one of the left's more subtle and nonsectarian thinkers (The Death and Birth of American Radicalism, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >
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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >
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
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >