Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 176)

THE LIFE OF ADAM SMITH by Ian Simpson Ross
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"With a minimum of pedantic intrusions, Ross makes a masterly job not only of putting Smith in the context of his turbulent times, but also of shedding light on his humane subject's wide- ranging contributions to Western thought. (20 halftones, not seen)"
A principal virtue of this scholarly but animated and accessible biography of the Scottish polymath Adam Smith is that it puts paid to any notion Smith was either a single-issue crusader or an ivory-tower intellectual. Read full book review >
ENDANGERED DREAMS by Kevin Starr
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Complete with anecdotal particulars and big-picture perspectives, a stunningly effective chronicle of a vanguard state's coming of age. (25 halftones, not seen)"
A first-rate, vivid, verbal diorama of the varied events that formed and reformed California during the convulsive decade before WW II, from the state's librarian and author of Inventing the Dream (1985, etc.). Read full book review >

SHELL GAME by Peter Mantius
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Mantius offers a wealth of circumstantial and documentary evidence of egregious improprieties as well as questionable judgments in high places. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An attention-grabbing rundown on the tangled web woven around a diminutive Sunbelt bank that helped underwrite many of Saddam Hussein's more dubious development programs. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 22, 1995

"A major biography of an important figure in American history."
Labor historian Lichtenstein (Univ. of Virginia) offers United Auto Workers president Reuther's life as a microcosm of the rise and fall of American unionism. Read full book review >
MANAGING IN A TIME OF GREAT CHANGE by Peter F. Drucker
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 16, 1995

"In brief: wise, wide-ranging guidance on issues that promise to engage the attention of leaders and followers through the end of the century and beyond."
Like the Energizer Bunny, Drucker just keeps on going, and going . . . beating the drum for perceptive, responsible management in the public as well as private sectors. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 13, 1995

"A sharply drawn, engaging book about air wars largely led by some colorful brigands. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Longtime Wall Street Journal reporter and editor Petzinger (Oil and Honor, 1987) was once a baggage handler for United Airlines. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF RESPECT by Philippe Bourgois
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 9, 1995

"Vigorous and often harrowing, this book is an eye-opener. (14 halftones, 1 map, not seen)"
An oddly moving study of lives brutalized by drug addiction, poverty, crime, and ineluctable violence. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 1995

"For all the detail she has amassed in her kitchen-sink narrative, moreover, DeGeorge never comes to grips with what makes Wayne run. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
If diligence alone could yield good biography, Business Week correspondent DeGeorge would have produced a blockbuster on high- profile tycoon H. Wayne Huizenga. Read full book review >
ANOTHER TURN OF THE CRANK by Wendell Berry
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Small towns, with their fringe of 40-acre spreads, couldn't ask for a more articulate defender."
Berry (Watch with Me, 1994, etc.), small-town Kentuckian and agrarian philosopher, massages his favorite themes of community and small-is-beautiful in six brief, clear-as-a-bell essays. ``I am an agrarian: I think that farming is a high and difficult art . . . Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"An absorbing and informative status report on an enterprise whose fate is almost everyone's business. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
A cautionary account of the internecine battles that convulsed General Motors Corp. during the early 1990s when the Motown colossus was on a fast track to fiscal and operational calamity. Read full book review >
GOING ONCE by Robert Woolley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Refreshingly irreverent, Woolley lampoons his glittery worldand himselfwith good humor and style."
With amiable chutzpah, the head of the decorative arts department at Sotheby's tells the story of his fabulous rise in the arts and society. ``Collecting at Sotheby's is the penultimate act,'' declares Woolley. Read full book review >
THE MEXICAN SHOCK by Jorge G. Castañeda
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"This well-reasoned book should excite much discussion among policymakers on both sides of the border, who owe it a close reading."
The US has persistently misunderstood its neighbor to the south, writes distinguished Mexican political scientist Casta§eda (Utopia Unarmed, 1993), and that misunderstanding is a dangerous thing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >