Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 176)

HIGHWAYS TO HEAVEN by Christopher Finch
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 15, 1992

"A bracing tour through 20th-century American culture. (One hundred b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Cultural historian Finch (co-author, Gone Hollywood, 1979; Rainbow, 1975) deftly examines Americans' auto eroticism and the revolutionary alterations it has made in the country's landscape. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 15, 1992

"A compendium of useful information that delivers less than it claims as a social-scientific argument."
Harrison, a sometime director of development programs for the US Agency for International Development, argues that the extent to which countries are economically and politically ``successful'' is principally determined by cultural factors. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 6, 1992

A solid and thorough history of the Homestead Strike of 1892, in which a powerful steelworkers' union was destroyed in a lockout and protracted struggle. Read full book review >
OUR EUROPE by Jacques Delors
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 1, 1992

"It's not surprising, then, that Delors deals with the problem by saying almost nothing."
An object lesson by European Commission President Delors, a longtime socialist, that ambitious European politicians are no more likely to say anything that means anything than are American ones. Read full book review >
EVIL MONEY by Rachel Ehrenfeld
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 1, 1992

Ehrenfeld, a research scholar at NYU Law School and author of Narcoterrorism (1990), ineffectively details several major cases involving money laundering and governmental corruption. Read full book review >

TWENTY-FIRST-CENTURY MANAGEMENT by Hesh Kestin
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 30, 1992

"An altogether engaging success story, albeit one that could drive management consultants to drink or worse."
From the standpoint of aerodynamic design, there's no way that a bumblebee can keep itself aloft. Read full book review >
THE LAST NEW WORLD by Mac Margolis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 29, 1992

"A compelling account of the relentless incursion into one of the earth's last frontiers, and a determined call for calm and reason amidst the clamor of increasingly belligerent antagonists. (Photographs and maps—not seen.)"
A well-organized, carefully researched, and fascinating study of the devastation of the Amazon rain forest; by Margolis, a Newsweek correspondent for eight years in Brazil. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 25, 1992

"Puette makes clear that the media's negative portrayal has contributed to this state of affairs, but he has little to say about labor's own contribution. (Illustrations throughout.)"
A dissection of media bias against organized labor that makes newspapers' Labor Day editorials about the decline of unions sound like good press. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 17, 1992

"An expert audit of Silicon Valley East, highlighting the contributions of entrepreneurs like Digital Equipment's Ken Olsen and of scholastic promoters like MIT's Vannevar Bush."
A funny thing happened to Lamp and Rosegrant (both former Business Week reporters) on their way to writing a book about the so-called ``Massachusetts Miracle''—a two-decade economic expansion sparked by high-tech enterprises clustered along Route 128, which encircles Boston. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Clear, persuasive, and readable, though incomplete and misleadingly organized."
Here, Axelrod, director of the Public Enterprise Project of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, argues that public authorities (government corporations) have grown to such an extent that they now constitute a ``shadow government'' whose activities are largely beyond electoral control. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Mixing history, anecdote, biography, and poetic description of the battleground: a moving assessment of an ecological dispute with global implications."
A sensitive, intelligent review of the ongoing controversy over the logging of the remaining stands of old-growth forest in western Oregon and Washington; by Dietrich, Pulitzer-winning science writer for The Seattle Times. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1992

"An axe-grinding account of a failed enterprise that deserved, if not a better fate, at least a more accomplished Boswell. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A poorly written, ostentatiously scathing, and utterly dispensable log of an airline's slow-motion crackup. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >