Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 176)

NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1998

"Not for everyone, but an impressive historical achievement."
A painstakingly detailed account of the development of capitalist institutions and practices in Europe from the 11th to the 15th centuries by a French historian. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"Engagingly written, but essentially a reworking of the territory of the author's earlier books, without many surprises. (Author tour)"
The Cinderella Complex revisited, this time with dollar signs added. Read full book review >

SOTHEBY'S--BIDDING FOR CLASS by Robert Lacey
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"As smooth, beguiling, and speedy as any auctioneer's patter, Lacey's account mounts in excitement, ending in Sotheby's successful sale of a slice of the duke and duchess of Windsor's wedding cake. (b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
If the world's oldest auction house is still reeling from the art smuggling sting in Peter Watson's Sotheby's: The Inside Story (1997), it won't enjoy Lacey's gossipy, page-turning history. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"Sober and sobering. (86 tables, one map, one line figure)"
paper 0-520-21486-2 A thorough academic study of the biggest government bankruptcy in US history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"For good Hamptons gossip, read Steven Gaines's Philistines at the Hedgerow (p. 631). (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The author of Buckingham Babylon (1993) exposes more sin and scandal, in the usual tabloid way. Read full book review >

LETTERS TO KENNEDY by John Kenneth Galbraith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 1998

"Reports on politics in India and a military clash with China will be of moderate interest for students of south Asian politics, but ultimately there is little here to capture the attention of the general reader."
Collections of letters are precious when the correspondents are prominent and the content is of enduring value, for example the Adams/Jefferson letters. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 13, 1998

"This book succeeds because O'Toole is serious about morality without being preachy and accepts the appeal of wealth without worshiping mammon while addressing a subject where Americans often do both."
A light look at a heavy subject, the conflicting imperatives of wealth and commonwealth. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"Readers who like their Machiavellian theory dumbed down will find this book of value."
Historical anecdotes coupled with nostrums for the business-as-warfare crowd. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"It deserves and will surely gain a wide audience. ($100,000 ad/promo; author tour; radio satellite tour)"
Consuming more now and enjoying it less? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"More than the average person would ever care to know about signage, but a serviceable history for lighting and marketing buffs nonetheless. (48 b&w photos, not seen)"
A fairly pedantic and at times self-serving walk through the signs of our times. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 27, 1998

"Nevertheless, Wasserstein's effort is informative and entertaining. (Radio satellite tour)"
Everything you could ever want to know about big business deals (as long as you don't want to think too deeply about them). 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 >