Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 176)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"But if you want to look at this mass phenomenon seriously, here is the place to start."
Courtly prose and amiable digressions distinguish this study of what some may not consider a serious topic: tourism. Read full book review >
DEVIL'S PACT by F.C. Duke Zeller
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 5, 1996

"This is not a work with profound themes or insightful analysis; however, the content alone is enough to capture and keep the reader's interest."
If you like tales of greed, power, sex, dirty politics, and organized crime, this is for you. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"While many books have dealt with the Rothschilds, Elon's focus on the family's founding patriarch yields a thoroughly researched, fascinating, and altogether exemplary biography. (illustrations, not seen)"
During this time of bloated biographies, here is a refreshingly brief portrait of one of the most important figures of 19th-century European economic and modern Jewish history: Meyer Amschel Rothschild (17441812). Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"While the trials and tribulations of uncertainty in economic life are not ignored, Mandel definitely looks at the current and future economy through rose-colored glasses. (12 tables, charts, and graphs, not seen) (Author tour)"
A thoughtful though limited discussion of a puzzling situation: Why, despite relative prosperity, is economic anxiety so high? Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"An astute and independent observer's engrossing (albeit unsparing) perspectives on one of the 20th century's genuinely consequential enterprises. (illustrations, not seen)"
An evenhanded and informative history of Boeing, the American airframe manufacturer that bestrides the world of civil aviation like a colossus. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Apart from this, a perceptive briefing on a consequential corporation that arguably qualifies as a national treasure."
An offbeat overview of Microsoft, the Johnny-come-lately enterprise that dominates the widening world of PC programming and is now laying careful plans to make itself a force to be reckoned with in the as yet undefined field of multimedia. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"An enlightening postmortem on a consequential LBO, which vividly depicts its human and socioeconomic costs. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
A workmanlike account of the selling and salvaging of R.H. Macy's, an American retailing institution. Read full book review >
AGAINST THE GODS by Peter L. Bernstein
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 18, 1996

"A dense but compelling model of how the world works."
A history of probability from an economist and author of a history of Wall Street (Capital Ideas, 1991). Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"A persuasively stated case for addressing a consequential issue that's overdue for debate and action. (Author tour)"
An authoritative and alarming audit of the potentially bleak financial future faced by the 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964—who look forward to comfortable retirements. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

A fine addition to the growing literature that refutes the long-held idea that there is such a thing as ``general'' intelligence and that it can be quantified. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Though the book is rather plodding and offers vague philosophy instead of action, it does raise important questions about the internal life of the American worker."
A lengthy study of American workers and their relationship with money, though it lacks the spark of Wuthnow's foster father, Benjamin Franklin. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A tellingly detailed, often gossipy, and consistently absorbing case study on the largely self-induced eclipse of a commercial paragon, from journalists who know the territory. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A fine generation-spanning account of the unhappy fate of Schwinn, a family firm that for the better part of a century bestrode US bicycle business like a colossus. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >