Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 175)

Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"A shrill wake-up call to arms."
Having made a name for himself as a military sage, Luttwak (Strategy, 1987, etc.) now turns his attention to geoeconomics—the battleground on which, he asserts, a self-defeating US must best commercial rivals if it's to thrive in the wake of the USSR's collapse. Read full book review >
UP THE AGENCY by Peter Mayle
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"Should hit big among Madison Avenue masochists, less big elsewhere."
Generalities about advertising by the tireless Mayle, whose first novel, Hotel Pastis, is reviewed above. Read full book review >

SOAP OPERA by Alecia Swasy
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

"Must reading, however, for company watchers, P&G shareholders, curious consumers, and citizens of Cincinnati. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs)"
Wall Street Journal reporter Swasy was, she tell us, spied upon, followed, and bugged while writing this admirable—if ultimately somewhat disappointing—history of the dark side of Ivory-soap and Tide manufacturer Proctor & Gamble. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A perceptive evaluation of a pivotal financial institution that's been overtaken by events it helped precipitate."
A savvy audit of the Bundesbank, which, the author observes, ``has replaced the Wehrmacht as Germany's best-known and most feared institution.'' Marsh (chief European correspondent for London's Financial Times; The Germans, 1990) offers an accessible, often absorbing, appraisal of the Federal Republic's Frankfurt-based central bank, whose ``anti-inflationary rectitude'' has made it a power to be reckoned with in global finance. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Impressive research and a clear message—if somewhat tedious in the telling."
An earnest dissertation on environmentalism as a complex social movement that began in response to industrialization, urbanization, and the closing of the frontier. Read full book review >

21ST CENTURY CAPITALISM by Robert Heilbroner
Released: Sept. 27, 1993

"Perceptive analyses of a resilient economic regime whose sociopolitical accountability still leaves much to be desired."
Another elegant inquiry from Heilbroner (The Nature and Logic of Capitalism, 1985, etc.), this based on lectures he gave in Canada last autumn. Read full book review >
BIG BLUES by Paul Carroll
Released: Sept. 22, 1993

"Perceptive perspectives on computer errors of convulsive magnitude."
A savvy newsman's tellingly detailed report on the ruinous decline of IBM. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Detached analysis that sheds more heat than light on an issue of critical importance."
A disappointingly superficial and inconclusive critique of US pay practices. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"A sorry, shocking tale whose essentially unsympathetic characters soon inspire impatience and abhorrence rather than pity or understanding. (Photos—16 pp.—not seen)"
An arresting, albeit repellent, account of the bitter power struggle at U-Haul, the trailer/truck-rental operation that's one of the largest privately held corporations in the US. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 1993

"What sourpuss would ask for rigorous honesty besides? (Eight pages b&w, eight pages color photographs- -not seen) (First serial rights to Cosmopolitan and New Woman)"
Up from poverty with ``beautiful, glamorous'' ex-Washington ``social hurricane'' Mosbacher, 45, who here releases her secrets for getting what she wants—including marrying a millionaire (in her case, three); buying and selling businesses at a profit (using her divorce settlements as seed money); and conquering the Washington social scene by raising pots of money for political campaigns. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 10, 1993

"An impressive marshalling of grim fact and outraged opinion."
Or, Unsafe at Any Altitude: a measured, albeit merciless, critique of commercial aviation's safety policies and practices. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 10, 1993

"Unlike many well-intentioned books on the subject, this is cogent, clear, jargon free—a pleasure to read."
A provocative, intelligent defense of the science of ``enomics''—defined as a new and growing set of links between ``green'' thinking and corporate profitability—by Silverstein (The Environmental Factor, 1989—not reviewed), former advisor to the Clinton/Gore campaign. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >