Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 176)

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Pangloss and Pollyanna tackle what Carlyle once called 'the Dismal Science' in a polemic sure to attract dissent."
Cox, a Federal Reserve economist and adviser to the CATO institute, presents, with Dallas Morning News business reporter Alm, an aggressively rosy report on the nation's economy. Read full book review >
REDHOOK by Peter Krebs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"The early years make the story here—a time when food and drink were in as much ferment as Redhook's bitter—and Krebs does tell the story with flair. (20 b&w photos, not seen)"
A diverting history of the makers of Redhook—merry pranksters of the brewing business—mildly tainted by Seattleite Krebs's idolatrous tone. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 30, 1998

"Johnstone has a sharp eye for drama and a knack for making technical details understandable; this book is a welcome addition and corrective to the Western-dominated histories of recent technology."
"Made in Japan" was once the mark of an inferior knockoff; now only an incurable chauvinist would draw that inference. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 1998

"It remains to be seen if anyone will follow."
America's in deep trouble—corporate oligopoly is seizing our money and stealing our humanity, too. Read full book review >
LOST AT SEA by Patrick Dillon
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 1998

"Dillon's fine book tells us its the same as it ever was: men at sea equals men at supreme risk. (16 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
A taut, heartbreaking story of fishermen who died at sea, the subsequent mare's nest of an investigation, and congressional maneuverings over maritime safety bills, from Pulitzer—winning journalist Dillon (The Last Best Thing, 1996). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Drawing on a new-found trove of Doheny's personal correspondence, and well researched and narrated, this revisionist biography is an interesting addition to the social history of the times. (50 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
California historian Davis (Rivers in the Desert: William Mulholland and the Inventing of Los Angeles, 1993) revisits Teapot Dome, the cause cÇläbre that began in the time of Warren Harding, to tell the story of one of the scandal's prominent actors, now largely forgotten. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Put it in the category of 'Store Wars.' (Author tour)"
Attention Wal-Mart shoppers—and anyone interested in the history of retailing in America. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Despite flaws, a provocative, smart, and often withering look at American culture."
A perceptive, occasionally slow-reading mix of history, personal narrative, and cultural criticism tries with great (though not complete) success to analyze the role race and money play in America's most intractable social problems. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Perhaps this honest glimpse of an untenable situation will start a conversation. (Author tour)"
A journalistic look at the primary post-Soviet threat to the American military. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The latest definitive work on the marvelous Rothschilds, cogent and strong. (16 pages of photos, not seen)"
The fabulous history of a legendary family, reviled by many, lauded by many others, and fascinating to all, is told again, this time with encyclopedic exactitude. Read full book review >
MOVIES AND MONEY by David Puttnam
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 29, 1998

A riveting behind-the-scenes look at how American movies have achieved the kind of global supremacy best summed up in a 1995 Variety headline: "Earth to Hollywood—You Win!" Read full book review >
BEYOND THE HORIZONS by Walter J. Boyne
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 1998

"A perhaps overly comprehensive encomium for an American firm, this volume carries a heavy payload that limits performance. (illustrations)"
Historian Boyne (a retired colonel in the air force and author of Beyond the Wild Blue, 1997, etc.) offers a long and laudatory history of Lockheed (now Lockheed-Martin), a mainstay of the military-industrial complex. 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 >