Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 175)

OLD MAN IN A BASEBALL CAP by Fred Rochlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Here, they come off as simply careless, pointless, and offensive."
Crude and often nonsensical, these stories of Rochlin's WWII experiences were written as monologues for his one-man show. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"8 pages photos, not seen)."
The heady days of haute couture are passing, says Wall Street Journal reporter Agins, and are being followed by name-brand mass marketing. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A dramatic and well-told adventure story, with the high seas and pirates replaced by carpeted office corridors and MBAs."
The detailed story of a strong-minded business leader and his battle to reverse the failing fortunes of a major international corporation. Read full book review >
LEADING BY DESIGN by Bertil Torekull
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"With no serious analysis given to IKEA's business problems, the book often seems as wobbly as do-it-yourself furniture assembled with the wrong tools and mismatched parts."
From Scandinavia comes a selective corporate history of IKEA, the international purveyor of furniture and housewares, interlarded with an idolatrous biography of its founder, Ingvar Kamprad (whose initials form the first half of the firm's name; the last two letters are for the Swedish places of origin). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 24, 1999

"A stimulating inquiry into the conflicting ways in which Americans have understood their dynamic and influential culture, more valuable for the paradigms and issues it raises than for the answers it provides."
Pulitzer-winning historian Kammen (Cornell; In the Past Lane, 1997; People of Paradox, 1972; etc.) offers a thoughtful essay on the evolution of leisure in America from the late 19th century to today. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1999

"While Internet stocks are ballooning, so are books about the players. Here's a strong entry in the genre, savvy and clever."
The growing subspecialty of business books that deals with the brainiac talents and picaresque entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley is upgraded to version 2.0 with this knowledgeable communiqué from cyberspace. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 23, 1999

"I believe the world is a better place.' (Author tour)"
The founder of a major Internet-based enterprise offers a chronology and insider's narrative of Netscape, from its inception through a wildly successful public stock offering. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 1999

"Racing from one datum to the next, Twitchell concludes that we get the material culture we deserve—in our case, a culture of abundant junk."
A pop-science, impressionistic examination of the American lust for all things material. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 2, 1999

"Hard work and high standards are the foundation of this dry template for guiding girls into becoming women who can successfully combine career and family. (Author tour)"
A paint-by-the-numbers plan for raising daughters that calls for being challenging but not too challenging, supportive but not too supportive, and promoting a work ethic. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"A fascinating and insightful account of the two co-inventors of the world's first computer, written in a succinct style that will capture and sustain the interest of even the least technically sophisticated reader. (10 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A fluid history of the achievements and the controversies surrounding the design and building of the world's first digital computer. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"Instructive and to the point, an overview of emerging economic realities, including scenarios for the US, Europe, and Japan. (Author tour)"
A lesson plan for coping with the realities of the economic future. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"Should be read by anyone curious about what goes into their daily cup of Java—too often, good coffee isn't good for the people who produce it. (60 b&w photos) (Author tour)"
An exhaustive, admirably ambitious examination of coffee's global impact, from its roots in 15th-century Ethiopia to its critical role in shaping the nations of Central and Latin America. 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 >