Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 178)

Released: Aug. 30, 1993

"Post-glasnost history of real substance."
Hard-digging study of how US foreign policy was reshaped by Truman and his cabinet members by means of disinformation. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 24, 1993

"Wolfe makes like Robin Leach in a skirt here, with breathless prose and far more fluff than substance. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Gossipy saga of the Wyatt/Sak0owitz clans, whose power-plays and peccadilloes have titillated tabloid readers both in their native Texas and, more recently, across the globe. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 10, 1993

"An impressive marshalling of grim fact and outraged opinion."
Or, Unsafe at Any Altitude: a measured, albeit merciless, critique of commercial aviation's safety policies and practices. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 13, 1997

This biography of a major figure of the Nazi regime raises tough ethical questions about the nature of collaboration and patriotism. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 30, 1993

"A perceptive, unsparing analysis of a colossus in crisis."
Wall Street's minders had been predicting the imminent demise of the New York Stock Exchange as the world's premier securities market long before the SEC abolished fixed commission rates in 1975. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"For all its theoretical fuzziness and scattered organization, much of McKenna's analysis is sound—and timely. (Author tour)"
An accurate, though imperfectly analyzed, account of an unfinished revolution. Read full book review >
Released: July 28, 1993

"A suspenseful confrontation between a roaring inferno and an elephantine bureaucracy, in which everyone gets burned."
With one eye cocked for high drama, the other for any hint of bureaucratic bungling, Morrison (a reporter for Insight magazine) tells in fascinating detail the story of Yellowstone's 1988 firestorm. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A sermon on gluttony and sloth and a jeremiad against those who aid, abet, and profit from these sins. (Author tour)"
``The very act of living in the United States puts you at great risk for obesity,'' warns science writer Fumento in this harangue with a clear message: The fault, dear fatties, lies in overconsumption and underexertion. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Fascinating, detailed, and evangelical: a yellow brick road full of rare adventures, intriguing characters, and surprising vistas. (Twenty-four pages of photos—not seen)"
In an alternate history of modern American life from 1890 to 1927, Leach (History/Columbia; True Love and Perfect Union, 1980) offers an encompassing, learned, and fast-paced account of how entrepreneurs, manufacturers, bankers, clergymen, and government leaders produced a culture of consumers—as well as the rituals, morality, aesthetics, and institutions that identify the good with the goodies, acquisition with virtue. Read full book review >
ON THE BEATEN TRACK by Lucy R. Lippard
Released: April 1, 1999

"Lippard's leisurely stroll through some of the wackier venues of our day makes for enjoyable reading."
A lively essay in cultural geography that delves into the question of how tourist attractions are invented and sold. Read full book review >
Released: March 9, 1999

"An amalgam of physics, biology, and politics, with a dollop of philosophy, this manifesto is as troublesome as any zealot's call for morality."
In the '80s, capitalism defeated communism. Read full book review >
Released: June 30, 1993

"How a happy hippie blew it on blow—finely researched, told with pizzazz. (Illustrations)"
The up-your-nose, in-your-face life of George Jung, the high-school football star from small-town USA who became the American linchpin of the Colombian cocaine connection. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >