Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 178)

NON-FICTION
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 >
NON-FICTION
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 >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 1996

"Straightforward and insightful, Reid-Merritt's study offers valuable insights into a significant subject. (Author tour)"
A provocative investigation into the lives of African-American women who have achieved leadership roles in American society despite the barriers of sexism and racism. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY AND DISAGREEMENT by Amy Gutmann
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1996

"All this makes for fascinating, engaged reading—but always with the caveat that the authors' vision of a thoughtfully conversational politics is the unlikeliest of pipe dreams."
An imaginative program for recasting the conduct of American political dialogue. Read full book review >
BLUE SKY DREAM by David Beers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Beers's ``communal memoir'' chronicles not just a family, but an era, an industry and a demographic segment that once represented the best—or worst—America offered, depending on your point of view. Read full book review >

TUG OF WAR by Paul Erdman
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"An accessible interpretive briefing on currency exchange rates and why they matter to a host of constituencies ranging from policy makers to consumers."
Though best known in recent years as the author of fiscal entertainments (Zero Coupon, 1993, etc.), the Canadian-born Erdman is a bona fide economist and former Swiss banker. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 1996

"An uncommonly sensible challenge to conventional wisdom on a complex issue that's sure to be a focus of partisan debate in the 1996 presidential election and beyond."
A career technocrat's immensely informative, albeit against- the-grain, analysis of the perceived problems of federal budget deficits. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Although it's not clear whether the electric car is the real thing, this business adventure story has heroes, a villain or two, and genuine hope for the future. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Allowed complete access to GM's top-secret electric-car project, Shnayerson tells the story of the assorted VPs and engineers as if this were a thriller. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 30, 1996

"A wish-list tract amounting to the triumph of hope over experience for its trust in the constructive capacities of big government."
An ultraliberal academic's immodest proposal for a new world socioeconomic order—one appreciably more statist than those envisioned by Plato in his Republic or Thomas Hobbes in Leviathan. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 1996

"Amid the usual gaffe-and-gotcha campaign journalism (which TNR itself has sometimes been guilty of), a bracing reminder of the enduring issues."
Joining a mighty stream of political titles appearing between now and Election Day, these 43 typically trenchant essays from the high-buzz Washington journal delight in tweaking conservative noses—and liberal ones, too. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Ultimately, the only hope Kwong sees for improving this situation is a renewed and committed labor movement—a very dim hope indeed."
An honest look at an appalling situation, exemplified by the tragedy of the illegal-alien-bearing ship the Golden Venture. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 12, 1996

"An informed history of a company in turmoil and the inside story of America's obsession, for better or worse, with cars. (9 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Yates, as the proverbial fly on the wall, observes the internal workings of Chrysler, from the boardrooms to the assembly lines, at a critical moment in its recent history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >