Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 178)

Released: May 8, 1995

"A fitting memorial to the crew of the Black Cat."
A poignant story of a B-24 crew from the selection and training of its members through their spine-tingling combat raids over Germany in WW II. Read full book review >
Released: May 5, 1995

"A wide-ranging and accessible if chaotically organized overview of a volatile field that, for all its glamorous potential, remains a work in progress."
A jam-packed guide to the high-stakes game Maney dubs ``megamedia'': an industry that computer, entertainment, software, and telecommunications enterprises are struggling to define—and dominate. Read full book review >

STARTUP by Jerry Kaplan
Released: May 3, 1995

"An insider's well-written story of the death of a new machine, probably composed on a keyboard. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Kaplan, the intrepid founder of a company that was devoted, in every sense of the word, to a new kind of computer, chronicles his hazardous adventures in darkest Silicon Valley. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"A blue-chip reckoning on the consequences and implications of an increasingly interdependent world's financial order. (Author tour)"
A journalist's authoritative audit of the quiet revolutions that have not only convulsed the Global Village's financial centers but also have obliged investors to assume risks that are not widely appreciated, let alone understood. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"The author's anger against the excesses of our industrial civilization is clear enough, but his remedies are unpersuasive."
A rather odd book, sketching the history of a 19th-century revolt against industrial machinery and seeking to find in it some lessons for today. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 1995

"This cavil apart, a gloriously complete chronicle of a dysfunctional dynasty whose renown has long since outlived its actual participation in the music trades."
A bravura history of the House of Steinway, whose name has remained synonymous with fine pianos for well over a century. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"Like an irritating traveling companion distracting one from the scenery, this tries too hard to entertain while en route."
This elementary guide to economics for the layperson maintains an insistently jokey style that strains to amuse but more often just lards the text with annoying verbiage. Read full book review >
CHINA TODAY by Donald Shanor
Released: April 18, 1995

"A vivid, insightful picture of a nation still perched, as it has been throughout this century, on the edge of volcanic change."
An engrossing report on China in transition. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1995

"Even those only mildly well informed about banking will find this a rehash of existing material, although Lottman's readable account is adequately informative for novices. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A superficial, unfocused portrait of the Gallic Jewish banking dynasty. Read full book review >
THE WORLD IN 2020 by Hamish McRae
Released: March 31, 1995

"20 foresight, his short-run scenarios for free enterprise's showcase venues are both thought- provoking and credible. (Illustrations)"
An English journalist's judicious, albeit limited, take on the shape of things to come over the next generation. Read full book review >
NORTHWEST PASSAGE by William Dietrich
Released: April 1, 1995

"A must-read for anyone interested in the interplay of technology, nature, and human ambition."
An absorbing and pointed account of the taming of Washington's Columbia River and the consequences—both beneficial and disastrous—on the economy, the inhabitants, and the wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Read full book review >
THE CENTRAL BANKS by Marjorie Deane
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Despite the authors' occasionally irritating penchant for chatty reportage underscoring their status as privileged observers with access to top-drawer insiders, a first-rate primer on central banking and why the lay public should care about it."
An illuminating and intelligible introduction to central banks, the immensely influential institutions that constitute virtually a fourth branch of government in most industrial democracies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >