Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 175)

TUG OF WAR by Paul Erdman
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"An accessible interpretive briefing on currency exchange rates and why they matter to a host of constituencies ranging from policy makers to consumers."
Though best known in recent years as the author of fiscal entertainments (Zero Coupon, 1993, etc.), the Canadian-born Erdman is a bona fide economist and former Swiss banker. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 27, 1996

"Straightforward and insightful, Reid-Merritt's study offers valuable insights into a significant subject. (Author tour)"
A provocative investigation into the lives of African-American women who have achieved leadership roles in American society despite the barriers of sexism and racism. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 15, 1996

"All this makes for fascinating, engaged reading—but always with the caveat that the authors' vision of a thoughtfully conversational politics is the unlikeliest of pipe dreams."
An imaginative program for recasting the conduct of American political dialogue. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 9, 1996

"An uncommonly sensible challenge to conventional wisdom on a complex issue that's sure to be a focus of partisan debate in the 1996 presidential election and beyond."
A career technocrat's immensely informative, albeit against- the-grain, analysis of the perceived problems of federal budget deficits. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Although it's not clear whether the electric car is the real thing, this business adventure story has heroes, a villain or two, and genuine hope for the future. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Allowed complete access to GM's top-secret electric-car project, Shnayerson tells the story of the assorted VPs and engineers as if this were a thriller. Read full book review >

BLUE SKY DREAM by David Beers
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Beers's ``communal memoir'' chronicles not just a family, but an era, an industry and a demographic segment that once represented the best—or worst—America offered, depending on your point of view. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 30, 1996

"A wish-list tract amounting to the triumph of hope over experience for its trust in the constructive capacities of big government."
An ultraliberal academic's immodest proposal for a new world socioeconomic order—one appreciably more statist than those envisioned by Plato in his Republic or Thomas Hobbes in Leviathan. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 12, 1996

"An informed history of a company in turmoil and the inside story of America's obsession, for better or worse, with cars. (9 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Yates, as the proverbial fly on the wall, observes the internal workings of Chrysler, from the boardrooms to the assembly lines, at a critical moment in its recent history. Read full book review >
HIDDEN ORDER by David D. Friedman
Released: Aug. 5, 1996

"A surprisingly lucid and useful book, and about as appealing as economics gets. (National radio satellite tour)"
Friedman, son of venerable ``No Free Lunch'' economist Milton, here analyzes the familiar to elucidate economic theory. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 5, 1996

"Amid the usual gaffe-and-gotcha campaign journalism (which TNR itself has sometimes been guilty of), a bracing reminder of the enduring issues."
Joining a mighty stream of political titles appearing between now and Election Day, these 43 typically trenchant essays from the high-buzz Washington journal delight in tweaking conservative noses—and liberal ones, too. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Uncommonly sensible and convincingly documented perspsectives on the import of human resources in an era that places a premium on flexible, street-smart manufacturing. (Author tour)"
Wilms, who teaches at UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, looks into the future of American manufacturing and concludes it could be made to work again in certain circumstances. Read full book review >
Released: July 25, 1996

"Englade might have done better to restrict his tale to one or two of its threads and explore in greater depth the world of wealth of which we get only a glimpse here."
Englade has a gripping tale of sordid doings in the super-rich world of show horses, but his narrative runs out of steam long before it reaches its conclusion. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >