Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 176)

Released: Sept. 10, 1993

"Unlike many well-intentioned books on the subject, this is cogent, clear, jargon free—a pleasure to read."
A provocative, intelligent defense of the science of ``enomics''—defined as a new and growing set of links between ``green'' thinking and corporate profitability—by Silverstein (The Environmental Factor, 1989—not reviewed), former advisor to the Clinton/Gore campaign. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 8, 1993

"An ugly mea culpa—but a useful corrective to the vast negative publicity routinely accorded unions. (Film rights sold to HBO)"
A tough-minded memoir of a clever, driven operator in a nasty profession. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 7, 1993

"A lively chronicle, doubly welcome because it rescues from undeserved obscurity one of the Gilded Age's more consequential players—as well as a master annalist's handiwork."
A long-lost literary treasure with an absorbing tale of its own. Read full book review >
LIFE WORK by Donald Hall
Released: Sept. 6, 1993

"History, life, work, art, dedication, love, and courage—all without becoming saccharine or smug or maudlin, in a treasurable small book, poetic in its plainness, about how to live well. (First printing of 25,000)"
From well-known poet and memoirist Hall (Their Ancient Glittering Eyes, 1992, etc.), a meditation-memoir on the theme of work that becomes something much more when, midway through the writing, the author learns he has cancer. Read full book review >
NUCLEAR RENEWAL by Richard Rhodes
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Rhodes's thorough presentation helps to quiet these overtones—and to demystify the nuclear-power industry."
Rhodes (Making Love, 1992; The Making of the Atomic Bomb, 1987, etc.) turns his talent for historical analysis to the volatile issue of nuclear power, asking: Is it safe? Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 30, 1993

"A perceptive, unsparing analysis of a colossus in crisis."
Wall Street's minders had been predicting the imminent demise of the New York Stock Exchange as the world's premier securities market long before the SEC abolished fixed commission rates in 1975. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 30, 1993

"Post-glasnost history of real substance."
Hard-digging study of how US foreign policy was reshaped by Truman and his cabinet members by means of disinformation. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 24, 1993

"Wolfe makes like Robin Leach in a skirt here, with breathless prose and far more fluff than substance. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Gossipy saga of the Wyatt/Sak0owitz clans, whose power-plays and peccadilloes have titillated tabloid readers both in their native Texas and, more recently, across the globe. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Fascinating, detailed, and evangelical: a yellow brick road full of rare adventures, intriguing characters, and surprising vistas. (Twenty-four pages of photos—not seen)"
In an alternate history of modern American life from 1890 to 1927, Leach (History/Columbia; True Love and Perfect Union, 1980) offers an encompassing, learned, and fast-paced account of how entrepreneurs, manufacturers, bankers, clergymen, and government leaders produced a culture of consumers—as well as the rituals, morality, aesthetics, and institutions that identify the good with the goodies, acquisition with virtue. Read full book review >
Released: July 28, 1993

"A suspenseful confrontation between a roaring inferno and an elephantine bureaucracy, in which everyone gets burned."
With one eye cocked for high drama, the other for any hint of bureaucratic bungling, Morrison (a reporter for Insight magazine) tells in fascinating detail the story of Yellowstone's 1988 firestorm. Read full book review >
Released: June 30, 1993

"How a happy hippie blew it on blow—finely researched, told with pizzazz. (Illustrations)"
The up-your-nose, in-your-face life of George Jung, the high-school football star from small-town USA who became the American linchpin of the Colombian cocaine connection. Read full book review >
Released: June 16, 1993

"An incisive look at the rise of think tanks and at their impact on policy-making."
Ricci (Political Science and American Studies/Hebrew University, Jerusalem) analyzes the growth in numbers and influence of a distinctively modern Washington, D.C., phenomenon: the think tanks. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >