Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 175)

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Best when Owings steps back and lets the women speak for themselves."
From the author of Frauen (1993), another oral history of female experience, this one depicting food servers in American restaurants, ranging from upscale to fast food. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"More diagnosis than prescription, but the epidemiological view of swollen-wallet sickness makes for highly interesting reading."
The First World is fat but not happy, and its consumerist ways are spreading like an epidemic to the farthest reaches of the globe. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Thoughtful and massive: too much for any but the most serious public-policy wonk."
An academic who works both sides of the Atlantic takes a serious look at the dire condition of Anglo-Saxon pensions. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Gossipy and superficial, but a worthy companion to such kindred works as The Late Show, Microserfs, and Barbarians at the Gate."
A rueful memoir by a young Enron acolyte who saw his dreams of wealth go down in flames—and here gets a little payback. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Gimlet-eyed, ethically poised history: readers will have plenty to think about the next time they visit one of those prettily restored mill museums. (8-page photo insert)"
Former CBS News producer Moran examines the broken promises that led to abysmal conditions in the New England textile mills and then to sharp retaliatory responses by their workers. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 7, 2002

"Brisk, bouncy, elastic, and exciting."
A fresh, frisky, and funny bio cum industrial history featuring the stereotypical monomaniacal inventor who ignores public opinion and the disdain of family and friends and lives long enough to enjoy seeing them all dine on substantial portions of crow. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 2002

"Proves without a doubt that even masters of the universe sometimes lose their heads, and then their shirts."
Knowing inside account of the major media conglomerates' efforts to embrace and profit from the '90s dot.com boom. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 16, 2002

"So fair-minded it might actually appeal to both sides in the contentious meat-eating debate."
Contemplative examination of contemporary dairy farming and the hidden support systems for our carnivorous habits. Read full book review >
ZIG by Zig Ziglar
NON-FICTION
Released: July 16, 2002

"Few would rank the aspiration to live by the Golden Rule as other than a worthy aspiration, but Ziglar's zealotry can cast a pall over his larger program."
Motivational speaker Ziglar tells the story of his professional, spiritual, and familial success. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 10, 2002

"Straightforward storytelling and captivating reading: satisfying as a Maine lobster dinner."
Greenlaw, who chronicled life as captain of a swordfish boat in The Hungry Ocean (1999), here describes her new work: lobstering on the tiny Maine island where her family lives. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2002

"Ultimately, the author leaves Siberia with—remarkably—his capitalist fervor intact. (Photographs)"
The exploits of an American entrepreneur in the Russian Far East: adventurous, often ingenious, but also bathed in the righteous pomposities of a free-market zealot. Read full book review >
GLOBALIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS by Joseph Stiglitz
NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 2002

"Provocative, readable, and sure to earn Stiglitz persona non grata status in certain corridors of power."
An insider's account of the ill-considered effort to make a free market of the Third World, an effort that, described here, favors the rich and robs the poor. 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 >