Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 176)

TAXING WOMEN by Edward J. McCaffery
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 15, 1997

"This is intended to be a provocative volume, and it is. (15 line drawings)"
An unconventional argument that occasionally overreaches but nevertheless provides a significant challenge to orthodox discussions of taxation. Read full book review >
CASEY'S LAW by Al Casey
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1997

"A good-humored account of an uncommonly productive life, which belies the notion that nice guys finish last. (16 pages photos, not seen) (First printing of 75,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
An agreeably upbeat and anecdotal memoir from the corporate executive who kept American Airlines flying during a period of notable turbulence. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"While Farmanfarmaian's apparently lifelong ability to perceive events more clearly than others sometimes strains the reader's credulity, this is nevertheless a fascinating look inside a world not well known or understood by Americans. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
In an autobiography coauthored by his daughter, Farmanfarmaian provides intriguing glimpses of upper-class Persian society that more than make up for the occasional ego-stroking. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1997

"In depicting responsible governing checkmated by partisan sniping, the authors present a true-life spectacle as funny as a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta and as painful as root canal."
A gimlet-eyed history from Hager and Pianin (reporters for Congressional Quarterly and the Washington Post, respectively) of the capital's budget follies, culminating in last year's impasse between President Clinton and the GOP-controlled Congress. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1997

"For environmentalists, regional planners, and interested lay readers, this book contains abundant food for thought."
An outstanding collection of talks devoted to the late economist E.F. Schumacher's ``small is beautiful'' ethic. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1997

"They also ignore the essential fact that Americans have largely embraced a car culture."
A committed, soft-spoken diatribe against the car culture that romanticizes the alternatives, by the architecture critic for the Nation. Read full book review >
IRONS IN THE FIRE by John McPhee
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1997

"For old hands, more of the unique pleasures you have come to expect."
Nothing, it seems, is beyond McPhee's purview, and these seven essays (which first ran in the New Yorker) offer further evidence that in the right hands even the most prosaic of topics harbors an unsuspected richness of surprising facts and fancies. Read full book review >
THE DREAM ENDURES by Kevin Starr
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1997

"A penetrating addition to an altogether splendid series, which (thanks to the broad appeal of its subject matter and period) could prove a breakout book."
The fifth volume in Starr's grand and wide-ranging history of California (Endangered Dreams, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
THE DECLINE (AND FALL?) OF THE INCOME TAX by Michael J. Graetz
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Not the sensationalistic diatribe you expect to see in April, and for that reason well worth reading."
Angry taxpayers may be disappointed that Graetz (Law/Yale) does not jump on the anti-income-tax bandwagon, but they would do well to ponder his reservations about where taxation is headed. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"This strives to be candid and intimate, yet ultimately its commentary fails to break through the commemorative into the kind of real analysis that would have revealed more of the man behind the movement icon. (105 b&w photos, not seen)"
A useful survey and pictorial of the extraordinary career of the visionary Mexican-American labor leader and human-rights activist, who died in his sleep in 1993 at age 66. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 25, 1997

"But not everyone will buy into their communal vision of justice, which will remain anathema to unreconstructed rugged American individualists."
Responding to the current wave of affirmative-action backlash, two Georgetown law professors, each proud beneficiaries of the policy, stand as zealous advocates brooking no retreat. ``Our parents taught us that . . . the struggle to make a place at the table for ourselves was also the struggle to free the souls of those who would exclude us,'' write Lawrence (who is African-American) and Matsuda (Japanese-American) of their individual family legacies of political idealism and civil rights activism. Read full book review >
BIRDS OF PREY by Matthew Lynn
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 24, 1997

"While Lynn, a staffer at the Sunday Times of London, writes serviceable prose at best, this is a workmanlike briefing on a consequential clash affecting the latter-day wealth of nations."
A British journalist's matter-of-fact take on how a state- subsidized European consortium has managed to narrow the long lead once held by American manufacturers in the high-stakes competition to equip the world's airlines with jet planes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >