Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 178)

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 20, 1998

"There is no doubt that Woodson is genuinely concerned with looking for new, more effective ways to alleviate the scourge of poverty—and that his efforts are accompanied by considerable political naãvetÇ."
Inspiring subject matter, disappointing book. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 1997

"A thoughtful, provocative, and accessible book that should inspire much discussion in green circles."
An impassioned, well-defended argument for solar power in the place of our current fossil-fuel-based economy. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 31, 1996

"Jardine's primary research and conclusions appear sound and convincing, providing new insights into the acquisitive basis of a fascinating age that helped to shape our world. (16 color plates, 60 b&w illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
A perceptive history of the Renaissance from an original angle: its appetite for material possessions. Read full book review >
PR! by Stuart Ewen
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 4, 1996

"Any overview of such an important and surreptitious subject is welcome, even when it is so prosaically presented, but this is a far cry from a definitive history. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
This lengthy history of spin and public relations tends to get stuck in some very narrow grooves. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
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 >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"This is as pleasurable and eye-opening a history as one would hope for, generous in its descriptions of exotic islands and exciting in its depictions of the men who made fortunes in their waters. (maps)"
A lucid and comprehensive account spanning the nearly four centuries of international intrigue and bloody struggle for control of the vast riches of the Spice Islands. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Still, it's worth brushing aside the formulaic dressing for the solid, detailed cross-section of the mass-culture machine that lies just beneath. (Author tour)"
Hours of fun for business-epic junkies of all ages. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

We are making it up as we go along, says the author of this book, and the chief storytellers are the women whose lives and futures have been so dramatically altered not only by feminist politics, but by the introduction of the credit card. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
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 >
NON-FICTION
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 >
NON-FICTION
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 >
NON-FICTION
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 >
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 >