Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 176)

NO BREATHING ROOM by Grigori Medvedev
Released: April 26, 1993

"Of historical interest, since the Soviet bureaucracy Medvedev denounces no longer exists; but timely as well, since the nuclear industries of the post-Soviet republics appear to share many of the old regime's vices, while the ecological effects of the disaster continue."
In an account written before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the chief engineer of the Chernobyl nuclear plant at the time of its construction (in 1970) relates the grim aftermath of the 1986 disaster and the attempted cover-up by the Gorbachev regime. Read full book review >
Released: April 26, 1993

"Tough, timely talk: an important book on an increasingly hot topic."
In a book that's bound to be controversial, New Yorker staff writer Bonner (Weakness and Deceit, 1984) charges Western animal- rights activists with practicing ``eco-colonialism,'' which he deems as detrimental to the people of Africa as old-style colonialism. Read full book review >

Released: April 20, 1993

"A wonderful book. (Sixty-six photographs, drawings, and floor plans)"
Hawes's fine book, her first, employs architectural criticism, economic chronicle, and urban sociology to create a picture of how Manhattan turned from a series of pastures broken by single-family dwellings into a breathtaking erector set of multiple dwellings: a shift to modernity as a reliable indicator of ``the workings of the urban mind.'' Prior to 1869, anyone who didn't have to live communally in a single building certainly never would. Read full book review >
CITICORP by Richard B. Miller
Released: April 15, 1993

"The bottom line: not a solid reader-investment."
An amateurish and slipshod audit of Citicorp, the troubled holding company for America's largest commercial bank. Read full book review >
Released: April 14, 1993

"A thinking person's guide to the challenging world ahead."
Perceptive takes on the "postcapitalist" era, which, according to Drucker (Managing for the Future, 1992, etc.), got under way shortly after WW II. Read full book review >

Released: April 12, 1993

"An unmemorable but good-hearted addition to the tradition of Dale Carnegie and Norman Vincent Peale."
A Christian businessman offers an inspirational blueprint for happiness—which includes ownership of a small business, unlimited opportunity to accumulate wealth, and development of a ``positive, compassionate'' stance toward one's own and others' ``dreams.'' In bite-sized segments with subtitles like ``Who Was Karl Marx and Why Was He So Angry at Capitalism?'' and ``Winners Heeded! Read full book review >
IN AN ANTIQUE LAND by Amitav Ghosh
Released: April 5, 1993

"Moving in its humanity, revealing in its analyses: an exceptionally satisfying work."
An engrossing chronicle of historical detection smoothly integrated into a subtly shaped picture of village life in modern Egypt; by an Indian novelist (The Circle of Reason, 1986) of great sensitivity and power. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"But his facts, and much of his analysis, will reward the careful reader."
A second, uneven installment of the economic apocalypse according to New York Times reporter Kurtzman (The Decline and Crash of the American Economy, 1988). Read full book review >
AN INVENTED LIFE by Warren Bennis
Released: April 1, 1993

"A sort of intellectual memoir that delivers an engaging sampler of an important business scholar's past and present work."
If the text at hand were an art show, it would be described as a retrospective. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"Despite the flaws, though: a sweeping critique—its proposals cool, smart, and imaginative—with enough common sense to give the most die-hard environmentalists pause."
An exhaustive analysis—and allocation—of environmental responsibility along global and national lines from a legal viewpoint, with a glance at the ethical dimensions of the problem. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"The ringside format takes some getting used to, but it ultimately affords as vividly clear an explanation of the BCCI conspiracy as we're apt to get anytime soon. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
An unconventional but thorough audit of the failed Bank of Credit and Commerce International, by a pair of Time correspondents whose coverage of the stateless institution's scandalous collapse earned them a slew of journalism awards. Read full book review >
Released: March 29, 1993

"An unsparing and perceptive briefing on a pocketbook issue whose complexities appear beyond the grasp of mass media."
A journalist's informed audit of the factors that brought America's S&Ls to grief. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >