Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 176)

WALL STREET by Doug Henwood
Released: July 1, 1997

"Next assignment: Present the same ideas in a more accessible form to a wider audience."
Wall Street mavens who hate challenges to their self-serving worldview will not enjoy this book. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1997

"An appealing and often amusing history of a less-than-noble drink, written with style and a genuine appreciation for the good old days before Miller Time went global. (Author tour)"
An industry insider's account of how B-school grads with no brew experience became the nation's tastemakers. Read full book review >

MONEY by Andrew Hacker
Released: June 17, 1997

"An academic's discontinuous and vaguely discontented survey of the way the money goes in latter-day America."
Anecdotal audits of American assets and incomes that (like Wall Street's jest about economists laid end-to-end) never reaches a conclusion. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 1997

"A deliberately provocative text whose subtext seems to be that the world and transnational enterprises owe US workers a better living. (Author tour)"
A bleak antimarket assessment of the postCold War outlook for American workers. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1997

"A blurred picture of an enterprise whose triumphs and travails are not to be captured in the editorial equivalent of tintypes. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A journalist's unfocused take on Eastman Kodak and the ripple effects its troubles have caused over the past decade or more. Read full book review >

Released: May 21, 1997

"A call to arms for corporate America, more interesting for its details on new foreign markets than for its rather vague prescriptions. (illustrations, not seen)"
Having identified Germany and Japan as America's principal challengers for economic dominion in A Cold Peace (1992), Garten changes his mind and policy recommendations in this didactic briefing on up-and-coming rivals. Read full book review >
FISHCAMP by Nancy Lord
Released: May 10, 1997

"Lord creates an elegant, evocative portrait of a hard, beautiful place."
In describing her salmon-fishing life along Alaska's Cook Inlet, fiction writer Lord (Survival, 1991) fashions a rich, personal cosmology in prose as fluid as her environment. Read full book review >
Released: May 2, 1997

"Perhaps the Web is Reid's Camelot and Gates his Castro."
An authoritative overview of the last three years on the Internet that is is plagued, however, by serious questions of audience, an elitist voice, and an almost paranoid preoccupation with Microsoft's Bill Gates. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1997

"Kanigel's lively prose and sense of irony make this biography an enjoyable read. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A circumspect biography of America's first efficiency expert, sensitive to both Taylor's limitations and his impact on the world. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1997

"Many of the foods here are obscure, but this delicious etymological feast will satiate anyone who enjoys the taste of words."
A contributing editor to Allure and the author of A Garden of Words (not reviewed), Barnette uses her background in classical languages to inform and delight the reader by tracing the whimsical manner in which food names found their way to our lexical pantries. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1997

"After reading this book, you might be inclined to think so."
Old-fashioned muckraking against ``big oil and big coal'' meets new scientific theories on global warming. Read full book review >
DO DEFICITS MATTER? by Daniel Shaviro
Released: May 1, 1997

"Still, Shaviro's conclusion, that no clear policy implications can be derived from theory (which contradicts his own opening statement quoted above) and that the current budgetary situation is serious and requires action, is hardly groundbreaking."
Shaviro (Law/New York Univ.) fails to deliver on his claim that ``for the first time in two centuries'' definite conclusions on the issues posed by budget deficits will be drawn. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >