Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 178)

Released: April 15, 1994

"An informed and informative guide to the US economy's strengths and weaknesses for those perplexed or offended by the major media's invariably shallow, frequently mistaken interpretations."
Best known for maverick views on federal deficits and the national debt, Eisner (Economics/Northwestern Unviersity; How Real is the Federal Deficit?, not reviewed) makes his signature subjects a centerpiece of this contrarian and somewhat unfashionable audit of the domestic economy. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

"Paradoxically, perhaps, if the authors had adhered to Deming's philosophy in their own work, it might well have been worth a look."
Irritatingly superficial and discursive evangelism from a pair of lay preachers touting the quality gospel of W. Edwards Deming as the salvation of a backsliding US. Read full book review >

Released: April 27, 1994

"Light and lively fare—containing just enough facts to satisfy."
A bright, breezy, and opinionated look at how the Food and Drug Administration has handled and mishandled its job in the past decade. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

"Serious anthropology but also much like a long night out, expenses paid."
An assistant professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, Allison worked as a hostess in a Tokyo club, where she examined how the rituals of a hostess define gender identities in Japan. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

"A savvy reckoning of the cost of the zero-sum games the American people play."
A we-have-met-the-enemy-and-he-is-us tract that, for all its evenhanded approach to an obvious dilemma, appears as likely to attract bipartisan opprobrium as to spark a debate on the overburdened state of the union. Read full book review >

THE AGE OF PARADOX by Charles Handy
Released: March 31, 1994

"Anecdotal antidotes to the discontents and discontinuities of the present fin de siäcle from a lively and open mind. (First printing of 30,000)"
As a graceful and challenging follow-up to The Age of Unreason (1990), Handy makes a pitch for more humanely adaptive responses to the convulsive transformations he says are in store for the industrial West. Read full book review >
Released: March 28, 1994

"An uncommonly sensible audit of socioeconomic fads, fallacies, and fashion. (Charts and tabular material—not seen)"
Economists willing or able to appraise their dismal science and its arguable utility with something other than reverential solemnity are a decidedly rare breed. Read full book review >
LIFE AND WORK by James A. Autry
Released: March 24, 1994

"Featherweight inspirational fare for those who find Og Mandino too demanding."
Autry (Love and Profit, 1991) is back in the saddle again, astride different—if by no means fresh—hobbyhorses. Read full book review >
TRUE SUCCESS by Tom Morris
Released: March 23, 1994

"There's little that is new or controversial in Morris' philosophy; the package he has put together demonstrates his facility as a teacher rather than any originality as a thinker. (First printing of 75,000)"
Slick sloganeering about the meaning of life, laced with quotable quotes from philosophical heavyweights. Read full book review >
Released: March 21, 1994

"The bottom line: anecdotal happy talk that promises far more in the way of socioeconomic rewards than its New Age precepts can plausibly deliver."
Still in search of instructive excellence, consultant Waterman (The Renewal Factor, etc.) offers a relentlessly upbeat briefing on what he views as the managerial lessons to be learned from presumptively paradigmatic US enterprises. Read full book review >
JUGGLING by Jane S. Gould
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Despite this admitted shortcoming and the occasional excess of personal information, Juggling provides an honest and insightful consideration of one courageous woman's experience."
A sobering account of women's struggle for opportunity and equality in the work force, seen through the eyes of one of the leaders in the fight. Read full book review >
HARD TO SWALLOW by Richard W. Lacey
Released: April 1, 1994

"British by birth but quite adaptable to American readers."
Charming, delightful, often richly depressing survey about what we eat, by Lacey (Medical Microbiology/Leeds;Unsafe for Human Consumption—not reviewed). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >