Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 176)

PACIFIC RIFT by Michael Lewis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1992

An inquiry into sociological divergences that, for all its apparent artlessness and deceptive brevity, goes a long way toward explaining precisely what strains the commercial ties that still bind the US and Japan. Read full book review >
ONLY ONE WORLD by Gerard Piel
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Published in conjunction with the UN Conference on Environment and Development, Piel's scenario depends on much human goodwill and longer-range self-interest—and wouldn't that be nice?"
Saturated with facts but consistently engaging and readable, Piel's prescription for global salvation marshals history, anthropology, economics, and ecology to demonstrate the measures necessary to create an equitable and sustainable economy—one that's capable of absorbing a final doubling of the world's human population. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1992

Insightful appraisals of the global monetary order from a pair of technocrats who played key roles in shaping its past, present, and future. Read full book review >
FORESTS by Robert Pogue Harrison
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 22, 1992

"Harrison's original and perspicacious excavation brings cultural resonance and suggestive thought to today's ecological issues. (Eight halftones—not seen.)"
A thoughtful consideration by Harrison (French and Italian Literature/Stanford) of the role that forests have played in the cultural imagination of the West. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 22, 1992

A surprising follow-up to Mead's advocacy of ``workfare'' (jobs rather than welfare) in Beyond Entitlement (1986), offering analysis of social and political trends that support his position- -while granting some unexpected points to his liberal opponents. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 20, 1992

"Though Stone sometimes seems to prefer quick judgment to deep analysis, he presents a compelling picture of a major shift in worldview among development agencies and their clients, one that may result in a healthier planet."
Stone (a consultant on environmental issues at the Council on Foreign Relations) explicates sustainable growth, a ``hot topic'' in relations between rich and poor nations. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 17, 1992

"A thoughtful, thoroughgoing analysis of a consequential conflict among economic superpowers, worthy of a wide readership."
A perceptive interpretive appraisal of the coming trilateral struggle for world dominion. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 15, 1992

"The text brims with helpful tabular material."
An exacting audit by Calleo (European Studies/Johns Hopkins) of the federal government's mismanagement of financial affairs, and of the resultant risks. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 15, 1992

"Here's the way the business world works, described in a superior self-helper that actually gets down to business."
Bernstein and Rozen advance from their popular self-helper, Dinosaur Brains (1989), and the result is an avuncular, honest guide through the workplace. Read full book review >
CORPORATE CULTURE AND PERFORMANCE by John P. Kotter
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 13, 1992

"The reader-friendly text has a wealth of helpful tabular material throughout."
An attention-grabbing audit by two Harvard Business School professors of the role that culture (broadly defined as the shared attitudes, behavioral patterns, and values that cohesive human groups pass on from one generation to the next) can play in the capacity of major corporations to succeed or fail in the marketplace. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1992

"A first-rate and stylish account of corporate chicanery and reprisal that's as engrossing as it is nauseating. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The sorry tale of a clash between two jeans-makers, which, while lacking an obvious moral, affords object lessons on what can happen when vengeful capitalists go berserk. Read full book review >
DREAM HOUSE by Joe Coomer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1992

"For a more perceptive how of housebuilding, turn to Tracy Kidder's House or David Owen's The Walls Around Us; for a why, there's always Walden."
Convoluted and cutesy chronicle of how Coomer (along with his wife, friends, father, and subcontractors) built his own house. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >