Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 178)

Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A balanced, interpretive progress report on a world-class business leader whose career story remains to be told in full."
A workmanlike appreciation of John Francis (``Neutron Jack'') Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Speculative nonsense, albeit of the slick, state-of-the-art sort for which there is an indisputably durable demand."
An overstated case for the proposition that our socioeconomic future depends largely upon the emergence of amorphous entities that the authors dub ``virtual corporations.'' By the breathless account of Davidow (Marketing High Technology, 1986) and Malone (Going Public, 1991, etc.), a virtual corporation is a radically restructured, free-form enterprise equipped to deliver immediate consumer gratification in cost- effective fashion. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A surfeit of reinvented wheels and overbearing, jargon-marred preaching."
In the wake of accepting N.Y.C.'s Catholic Archdiocese as a PR client of Hill & Knowlton Inc. last year, Dilenschneider was obliged to step down as the firm's CEO. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Valuable for its shrewd analysis of the political background of health-care policy."
Historical and geographical perspective on our health-care crisis, by a former Maine legislator and governor's aide. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 4, 1992

"Right as far as it goes, but falling far short of solving a problem that is as much international and cultural as institutional."
How US labor and management can compete effectively with foreign producers, by the father-and-son team of Irving Bluestone (Labor Studies/Wayne State Univ.) and Barry Bluestone (coauthor, The Deindustrialization of America, 1982). Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 1992

"Low-key but altogether engrossing and insightful perspectives from a professional whose marketplace savvy enables him to convey a wealth of valuable insights on just what makes the world of big business go around."
In Wall Street parlance, ``tombstones'' are the black-bordered ads that powerbrokers take out to celebrate completed stock offerings, mergers, divestitures, and allied transactions. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Despite minor errors throughout (the authors seem to believe, for instance, that any bond with a letter rating is investment- grade): a savvy, wide-ranging recap of a decade notable for a wealth of financial folly and a reluctant top cop walking the market beat."
An unsparingly critical, albeit evenhanded, audit of the SEC's efforts to police Wall Street during the volatile 1980's; based on a series of Washington Post articles that earned its authors a 1990 Pulitzer Prize. Read full book review >
DEN OF THIEVES by James B. Stewart
Released: Oct. 25, 1991

"A sorry and cautionary tale of world-class scofflaws, brilliantly reported by a savvy journalist with a sure sense of right and wrong."
A damningly detailed rundown on the predatory conspirators whose willful violations of securities law and ethical standards gave Wall Street a deservedly bad name during the takeover frenzy of the 1980's. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

Famous adman Lois (George, Be Careful, 1972, also coauthored with Pitts), currently head honcho of the Lois/GGK agency, hawks his wares with all the insistence of a rock star bawling, ``I want my MTV'' (a campaign for which he proudly takes the rap). Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1997

"A blurred picture of an enterprise whose triumphs and travails are not to be captured in the editorial equivalent of tintypes. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A journalist's unfocused take on Eastman Kodak and the ripple effects its troubles have caused over the past decade or more. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"The overarching attitude is one of impatience with a starched-collar approach to business as Peters exhorts the entrepreneurs of the '90s to be brave, try new things, and avoid ruts."
Like an old carny barker pushing the latest elixir, Peters (Liberation Management, 1992, etc) holds out the key to business success in the post-industrial, idea-intensive economy. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 1992

"A worthwhile warning that attempts to hit too many targets, reducing its impact."
Disease-mongering—convincing the healthy that they are sick or the slightly ill that they are very sick—is big business, says Payer (How to Avoid a Hysterectomy, 1987). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >