Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 176)

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"There is a definite need for better understanding and real reform of taxation in the US, but discussions that embrace popular prejudice and self-interest more than careful consideration of relations between government and society are not likely to be helpful. (illustrations, not seen)"
This reads like a selectively informed version of a barroom conversation on April 15: lots of venom, little thought. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Despite a tendency by the authors to become cheerleaders for China, this is a reasoned survey of truly significant issues. (Author tour)"
A relentlessly upbeat forecast of China's future and the potential implications for the US. Read full book review >

GOOD SPIRITS by Edgar M. Bronfman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 1998

"While this is utterly harmless stuff, the book is likely to be of interest to only a small circle of readers."
A sequel of sorts to The Making of a Jew (1996). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 4, 1998

"Prediction: This will become a more important book than it really deserves to be."
The hyperbole of the subtitle tells the story: It's a close call whether this volume provides a brilliant overview of the big picture or overgeneralized clichÇs. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"This is as pleasurable and eye-opening a history as one would hope for, generous in its descriptions of exotic islands and exciting in its depictions of the men who made fortunes in their waters. (maps)"
A lucid and comprehensive account spanning the nearly four centuries of international intrigue and bloody struggle for control of the vast riches of the Spice Islands. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Still, it's worth brushing aside the formulaic dressing for the solid, detailed cross-section of the mass-culture machine that lies just beneath. (Author tour)"
Hours of fun for business-epic junkies of all ages. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Part thriller, part legal primer, and full of trenchant drama and personalities, this book should be mandatory reading for all congressional representatives pondering how they'll vote on the future of the tobacco industry in America. (16 pages b&w photos)"
An eye-opening look at the news behind the news in America's landmark legal pursuit of Big Tobacco. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Nicely written latter-day muckraking in a slick and entertaining debut."
Here's another entry in the list of books about big, bad businesses. Read full book review >
THISTLE JOURNAL by Daniel Minock
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 30, 1998

"Modest by design, like the house and life it chronicles, but constructed with great integrity and affection."
Eighteen essays explore the virtues of nature and self-reliance in Michigan, with effects ranging from profound to mundane. Read full book review >
WHY SO SLOW? by Virginia Valian
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 28, 1998

"Probably too academic in tone for most readers, but for anyone concerned about gender inequality—or perhaps even more importantly, readers who think they aren't—it's worth a look."
*linespacing 2* *linespacing 1* A scholarly and convincing explanation of women's slow progress in the professions. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 20, 1998

"There is no doubt that Woodson is genuinely concerned with looking for new, more effective ways to alleviate the scourge of poverty—and that his efforts are accompanied by considerable political naãvetÇ."
Inspiring subject matter, disappointing book. Read full book review >
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO PETER DRUCKER by Jack Beatty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 1998

"Written with Drucker's cooperation, a loving portrait of a distinguished life that fails to measure up to its subject."
A slim volume by a senior editor of the Atlantic about the legendary figure who invented the business of management and whose theories profoundly influenced modern American corporations, including General Motors. 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 >