Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 175)

KING ICAHN by Mark Stevens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 8, 1993

"But that is another story—and one that many readers will hope that Stevens finds time to tell."
As this savvy, tellingly detailed rundown on the top gun in the megabuck takeover battles of the 1980's makes clear, even Robert Ringer (Winning Through Intimidation, etc.) could have learned a thing or two from Carl Icahn. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1993

"As complete and satisfying a wrap-up as is likely to be available any time soon on the man who, arguably, played the leading role in the S&L debacle."
A largely successful effort to bring to book the renegade financier whose arrogance, depredations, and political connections made him the apotheosis of the white-collar criminals who laid waste to America's thrift institutions. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1993

"An informative briefing on the big-money games played on the banks of the Potomac."
A jauntily opinionated memoir of government service from the resilient septuagenarian who was chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Resolution Trust Corp. at the height of the crises that convulsed the domestic banking industry during the 1980's. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1993

"A perversely contrarian tract, then, more notable for shock than for substance. (Charts and tabular material throughout)"
Southern Methodist University professor Batra, whose contributions to economics are about on a par with what creationists have done for earth science, is at it again. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 20, 1993

An alum's inept attempt to discredit an unusually inviting target: Adolph Coors Co. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 17, 1993

"15 percent of ephemera, selling us whatever needs to be sold. (Eight pages of color, eight pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
A year or so in the life and near-death of a maverick ad agency at the southern California end of Madison Avenue. Read full book review >
FOR GOD, COUNTRY, AND COCA-COLA by Mark Pendergrast
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 4, 1993

"A chatty, scrupulously documented account of a corporate phenomenon (and far more revealing than Elizabeth Candler Graham's The Real Ones, 1992) that's a bit like Coke itself: zesty and transiently refreshing. (Eight pages of photographs—not seen)"
While the subtitle of Pendergrast's study suggests an ambush of Coca-Cola, the author obviously received at least semiofficial assistance in compiling his gossipy, essentially sympathetic history of a company that has attained cultural as well as commercial success. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 1993

"The lives make up about two-fifths of this lengthy work and, except perhpas to other behavioral scientists, are much more readable than the voluminous commentaries, charts, graphs, and tables with which they're interspersed."
Six in-depth life histories—plus much ancillary material— drawn from the Berkeley Longitudinal Studies and illustrating Clausen's theory that choices made in youth determine the courses of our lives. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Credible—and potentially useful to many."
Conscientious, literate help for the ``millions of Americans'' who suffer from money-centered addictions. ``Like food and sex,'' says therapist Boundy, ``money is a powerful psychic symbol'' as well as a common focus of cravings. Read full book review >
THE CARE AND FEEDING OF IDEAS by Bill Backer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Persuasive texts in this genre are few and far between, indeed. (Illustrations—not seen)"
Songwriting adman Backer (as in Backer Spielvogel Bates Worldwide) tells, in some detail, how he did it. Read full book review >
BEAR TRAP by Paul Gibson
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Gibson goes hunting for bear—but his aim is way off the mark."
Haphazard critique much exaggerating the latter-day difficulties of the financial-services industry without addressing the implications of its ongoing—and convulsive—restructuring. Read full book review >
HIGH RISE by Jerry Adler
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 28, 1993

"What Adler might have hoped would be a high-rolling success story stands now as a cautionary but no less entertaining tale of the Eighties' cockamamie hubris. (Photographs) (First serial to New York)"
Times Square was slated for ambitious redevelopment in the mid-1980's when real-estate developer Bruce Eichner set out to build a skyscraper at 1540 Broadway. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >