Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 176)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 30, 1995

"A savvy observer's episodic briefing on an ethnic group that bears watching in a world economy no longer constrained by sociopolitical frontiers."
An illuminating if impressionistic appreciation of the Overseas Chinese, mainland ÇmigrÇs who down through the ages have become an economic force throughout Southeast Asia and beyondnotably, on North America's West Coast. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 15, 1995

"Gans's analysis of the popular code word reads like a fascinating footnote; the rest of the book is familiar going."
Sociologist Gans (Columbia; Middle American Individualism, 1988, etc.) deconstructs the pejorative label "underclass'' and offers some pie-in-the-sky proposals for eliminating poverty in America. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 14, 1995

"A challenging, elegant exegesis that puts intellectual meat on the bones of Benjamin Franklin's tip to his fellow revolutionaries at the signing of the Declaration of Independence: 'We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.'"
Fukuyama offers a general theory of prosperity that provides provocative answers to certain of the questions he raised in The End of History and the Last Man (1992). Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 3, 1995

"A convincingly documented and thought-provoking audit of the high costs of government intervention in the free markets that have built America's enviably high standard of living. ($40,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A contrarian view of the much-maligned 1980s, from a University of Chicago economist who remains convinced that the US government was guilty of economic offenses far worse than any committed by the handful of putatively errant Wall Streeters it put in the dock. Read full book review >
SERPENT ON THE ROCK by Kurt Eichenwald
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 2, 1995

"A masterful reconstruction of a substantive financial scandal, one that bears comparison with such landmark exposÇs as Barbarians at the Gate, Den of Thieves, and The Predators' Ball. (8 pages photos, not seen) ($100,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
An absorbing and definitive take on the criminally unscrupulous deceptions committed by Prudential Securities in its aggressive marketing of chancy limited partnerships during the 1980s. Read full book review >

LEADING MINDS by Howard Gardner
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 2, 1995

"With its reverence toward leadership, this celebratory book will be useful for seminars and conferences for aspiring leaders. (photos, not seen)"
A leading psychologist deploys his theories of perception and creativity to explain the success of prominent 20th-century leaders. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Stories both unique and universal, notable for illuminating the gremlins of thought and feeling that drive most lives."
Three women at moments of crisis in their lives, captured in empathetic and revealing portraits. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"It's not fast-food reading; it's serious food for thought."
Political scientist Barber (Rutgers; An Aristocracy of Everyone, 1992, etc.) grandly divides the planet into no more and no less than two camps to explain the present universal, sorry mess. Read full book review >
EXECUTIVE BLUES by G.J. Meyer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Here's a funny, frank, and underlying it all, melancholy journal of a painful journey. (First serial to Harper's)"
Corporate flack Meyer (The Memphis Murders, not reviewed) tells his own story, from rags to riches to outplacement hell. Read full book review >
THE MAKING OF A CONSERVATIVE ENVIRONMENTALIST by Gordon K. Durnil
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Uncommonly sensible and heartfelt perspectives on being green, from a concerned citizen for whom environmentalism has become a matter of enlightened self-interest."
An engaging and thought-provoking memoir from a political conservative whose environmental consciousness was raised during a stint as co-head of a watchdog agency. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"An uninformed and uninformative take on a pillar of the sweet- tooth trade. (photos, not seen) (First printing of 40,000; author tour)"
This trashy, overstated assault on the proprietors of Mars Inc. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE WHEEL AT CHRYSLER by Doron P. Levin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 1995

"A cogent exposition that provides an understanding of who and what propels the monster auto industry through its exhilarating booms and dolorous slumps."
Detroit Free Press reporter Levin (Irreconcilable Differences: Ross Perot vs. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >