Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 178)

MERCHANT PRINCES by Peter C. Newman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 1992

"The elegantly written text is profusely illustrated."
The final volume in Newman's three-part engrossing and epic record (1985, 1987) of how the Hudson's Bay Co. helped shape Canadian history as a royally chartered (in 1670) instrument of British empire. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1997

"After reading this book, you might be inclined to think so."
Old-fashioned muckraking against ``big oil and big coal'' meets new scientific theories on global warming. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1992

"A first-rate and stylish account of corporate chicanery and reprisal that's as engrossing as it is nauseating. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The sorry tale of a clash between two jeans-makers, which, while lacking an obvious moral, affords object lessons on what can happen when vengeful capitalists go berserk. Read full book review >
DREAM HOUSE by Joe Coomer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1992

"For a more perceptive how of housebuilding, turn to Tracy Kidder's House or David Owen's The Walls Around Us; for a why, there's always Walden."
Convoluted and cutesy chronicle of how Coomer (along with his wife, friends, father, and subcontractors) built his own house. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Many of the foods here are obscure, but this delicious etymological feast will satiate anyone who enjoys the taste of words."
A contributing editor to Allure and the author of A Garden of Words (not reviewed), Barnette uses her background in classical languages to inform and delight the reader by tracing the whimsical manner in which food names found their way to our lexical pantries. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 23, 1992

"With economic troubles all around and fortunes gone sour overnight, Brim forsakes the quick fix for thoughtful observations about how we drive ourselves and measure results."
Succinct and finely tuned thoughts on why happiness has little to do with money, youth, or even education, by the director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Mid-Life Development. Read full book review >
DISMANTLING THE COLD WAR ECONOMY by Ann Markusen
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 19, 1992

"Unlike their well-documented, organized, and compelling analysis, though, their broad prescription lacks confidence-building details."
This worthy successor to Seymour Melman's exposÇs of military dominance of the American economy names the central, driving segment of the military-industrial complex—the ``Aerospace, Communications, Electronics (ACE) Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 15, 1992

"A most interesting tour of an old and unique American enclave—fecund, unchanged, and inward-looking."
One hundred thousand acres of the fertile land of the Mississippi Delta are under ponds; where cotton was king for more than century, the channel catfish now rules. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 1992

"There's real interest, though, in the possibility that Rochester could serve as a paradigm for the restructuring to which IBM publicly committed itself last November. (Two dozen line- cuts.)"
An insiders' exuberant, albeit candid, account of how a backwater outpost in IBM's empire managed to overcome its shortcomings and produce a new family of computers that not only proved a bestseller but also earned its creators a prestigious Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Required reading for burned-out civic reformers, and stirring stuff for socially concerned businesspeople."
An inspiring, well-organized exposition of ten principles that appear to offer hope for renewal in an era of government decline. Read full book review >
RESCUING PROMETHEUS by Thomas P. Hughes
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 19, 1998

"A complex book, but the attentive reader will be able to manage it. (b&w photos, not seen)"
The odd and elusive story of how large-scale technological projects of the post-WWII era have created new, postmodern methods of management and engineering. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 1992

"The foreword by Diane Feinstein and afterword by Geraldine Ferraro are likely to offer readers more insight into what makes a female leader, and may inspire more perceptive studies in the future."
Cantor (a New Jersey psychologist) and Bernay (Neuropsychiatric Institute/UCLA) interview 25 prominent female elected officials in an attempt to analyze what life experiences enable women leaders to succeed. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >