Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 175)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 1995

"Call it messianic or ballsy, there's a courage to this interviewee that makes for both an educational and entertaining read, though one dampened by the constraints of the question-and- answer format. (First serial to Fortune Magazine; $250,000 ad/promo)"
This penetrating interview with dominant financial philosopher and philanthropist Soros (Underwriting Democracy, 1991, etc.) is unfortunately hindered by repetition, obscurity, and occasionally forced contrariness. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 18, 1995

"This low-key appreciation of America's emergence as an economic superpower lacks the interpretive fortitude that makes for telling judgments."
An old Wall Street jape holds that if all the world's economists were laid end to end, they would never reach a conclusion. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"An airworthy briefing firmly grounded in the applied science and allied realities that permit the air transport of passengers and cargo over long distances and high speeds. (8 pages photos, line drawings)"
An informative overview of the Western world's airline industry from the end of WW I through the recent past. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"On the whole, however, he provides a clear briefing on a financial fiasco whose consequences could prove earthshaking for insurers and insured alike. (12-page photo insert)"
An intelligible and generally absorbing rundown on how one of the world's best known but least understood financial institutions came to possibly terminal grief. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"Expect fierce outcries from the Walden crowd."
Wonderful splashes of ice water to chill the hearts and dampen the enthusiasm of the most die-hard environmentalists. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Griffin overlays a message of almost unrelieved sorrow, fear, and anger with a distasteful superiority of tone that is unlikely to win her converts. (Author tour)"
Griffin (A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War, 1992, etc.) calls for a recovery of the sense of meaning that ties human existence to the physical earth and the universe. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Coherent if run-of-the-mill counsel from a don who could learn a thing or two from the sophisticated perspectives in Kenichi Ohmae's The End of the Nation State (p. 691). (First serial to Harvard Business Review; author tour)"
An academic's generic advisories on what, with awesome self- assurance but no particularly fresh insights, she asserts it will take commercial enterprises and their host communities to prosper in the Global Village's increasingly interdependent economy. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"An informative and engrossing glimpse of whats behind the small wonders of an advanced consumer society. (First printing of 50,000)"
A journalist's bemused but revealing take on a hectic 12 months in the professional life of a Microsoft design/development team fashioning a new product intended to give the software colossus a jump start in the burgeoning multimedia market. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A credible worst-case evaluation of what slower economic growth has and could cost the American polity if the nation fails to regain its historic momentum."
Madrick looks into the vast vessel that is the US economy and pronounces it half emptyand draining. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"And once again Brockway poses that challenging and provocative question: Why don't they?"
Brockway (The End of Economic Man, 1991, etc.) provides here a selection from ten years of musings on ``The Dismal Science'' from his monthly column for The New Leader. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"No heavy lifting required."
Professional longshoreman and itinerant fruit picker Theriault punches in with a perspective that has been out of fashion lately: that of the worker who, he demonstrates, is entitled to some respect. Read full book review >
THE FALL OF THE PACKARD MOTOR CAR COMPANY by James A. Ward
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"At the end, one is left without an inkling as to whether Packard's collapse was an inevitable consequence of the radical industrial changes America experienced over the last century or merely an unfortunate series of avoidable managerial blunders. (51 illustrations, not seen)"
A well-researched, albeit dry and repetitive chronicle of the decline of one of America's most famous ``independents.'' Ward (History/Univ. of Tennessee) takes the reader on a 60- year historical ride, from Packard's introduction of the Model A in 1899 to its dissolution in 1958. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >