Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 178)

Released: Jan. 31, 1992

"Havill sails very close to the wind in this grim, grotesque, well-documented tale of an unmellowed capitalist whose need to control has extended even to a retroactive name-change for his father—to whom Cooke gave his own (invented) middle name. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
Cool, dry, deadly biography of billionaire sportsman/power- broker Jack Kent Cooke, by book-rookie Havill, former president of a public-relations firm. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Tell the back-stabbing drones who ask that it's an essential weapon for recouping our losses to the Japanese—because it is."
Twenty-five hilarious but sage essays (based on Edwards's ``Office Politics'' column in GQ), laying out an ethical ``battle plan'' to both ascend and transcend today's glazed corporate pyramid. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 4, 1991

A savvy, wide-ranging audit of the reasons American business is losing ground to Asian and European rivals, plus thoughtful prescriptions for retrieving the situation. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"If this is the standard to be applied, however, it is not obvious that true believers should be taken seriously."
Has there been a decade in the last two centuries when it was less necessary to write a defense of property rights? Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"An airworthy briefing firmly grounded in the applied science and allied realities that permit the air transport of passengers and cargo over long distances and high speeds. (8 pages photos, line drawings)"
An informative overview of the Western world's airline industry from the end of WW I through the recent past. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 10, 1992

"Remarkable mainly for its consistently graceless style, the text includes over 30 pages of photographs—not seen."
A truncated history of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which reads more like jottings from a house organ than a presumably objective journalist's reportage on a consequential outpost of laissez-faire capitalism. Read full book review >
TIME DOLLARS by Edgar Cahn
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A potentially life-changing book, then, with an exciting promise well worth checking out."
``A retired secretary types poetry written by a neighbor with multiple sclerosis, and the neighbor repays her by reading the newspaper to the secretary's blind daughter. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

A savvy appreciation of how a small band of disinterested academics has revolutionized the way Wall Street and its offshore counterparts manage the world's investment wealth. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1991

"Eye-opening judgments on an institution that's as much an intensely commercial enterprise as a competitive sport from a sometime mover and shaker who's still calling spades bloody shovels. (Sixteen pages of photos—not seen)"
July 1 (the pub date of the very special text at hand) will mark the 25th anniversary of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Read full book review >
SILVERADO by Steven Wilmsen
Released: Aug. 15, 1991

"A gracelessly written, overblown story of a born fall guy who has become the symbol of an industry's corrupt avarice. (Twenty photographs—not seen.)"
Like Man Without Memory, Burgin's recent Illinois Short Fiction Series collection (1989), these 11 stories, often absurdist and minimalist, involve a male who's disoriented or obsessed, though here the author includes several women as well. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 14, 1991

"Haute twaddle."
To see the world in a grain of sand might be within the powers of a Blake, but realists may doubt whether a high-tech consultant and his collaborator can accurately assess a generational subgroup and its impact on American society on the basis of 300 or so interviews over a seven-year period, plus ancillary statistical data. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Establishment writing about a brilliant rebel—barely a start at chronicling this Will Rogers of economics."
Brief and tame biography of the colorful and renowned economist and cultural critic, by Lamson (In the Vanguard: Six American Women in Public Life, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >