Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 178)

NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1998

"Not for everyone, but an impressive historical achievement."
A painstakingly detailed account of the development of capitalist institutions and practices in Europe from the 11th to the 15th centuries by a French historian. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"Engagingly written, but essentially a reworking of the territory of the author's earlier books, without many surprises. (Author tour)"
The Cinderella Complex revisited, this time with dollar signs added. Read full book review >

SOTHEBY'S--BIDDING FOR CLASS by Robert Lacey
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"As smooth, beguiling, and speedy as any auctioneer's patter, Lacey's account mounts in excitement, ending in Sotheby's successful sale of a slice of the duke and duchess of Windsor's wedding cake. (b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
If the world's oldest auction house is still reeling from the art smuggling sting in Peter Watson's Sotheby's: The Inside Story (1997), it won't enjoy Lacey's gossipy, page-turning history. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"Davis and Wessel's arguments are not always new and not always convincing, yet they bring to this work elements often missing from popular writing on the technological future: solid reporting, detailed research, and a regard for historical context. (Author tour)"
The American middle class has remained economically stagnant for the past 25 years, despite endless prophecies during this time that computer technology would bring a new age of productivity and prosperity; the authors, both with the Wall Street Journal, explain why this has been so and why it may soon change. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO KENNEDY by John Kenneth Galbraith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 1998

"Reports on politics in India and a military clash with China will be of moderate interest for students of south Asian politics, but ultimately there is little here to capture the attention of the general reader."
Collections of letters are precious when the correspondents are prominent and the content is of enduring value, for example the Adams/Jefferson letters. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 27, 1998

"Nevertheless, Wasserstein's effort is informative and entertaining. (Radio satellite tour)"
Everything you could ever want to know about big business deals (as long as you don't want to think too deeply about them). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"Readers who like their Machiavellian theory dumbed down will find this book of value."
Historical anecdotes coupled with nostrums for the business-as-warfare crowd. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"An archetypal text, true to life on the Street, destined to be discussed over drinks at trader hangouts after the market closes—and better than going tapioca. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
A Wall Street trader exercises a rich man's prerogative and offers financial advice and his life story. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 16, 1998

"Sometimes too airily dismissive of legitimate challenges, for all that, never less than scintillating, witty, and brilliant."
An enormously erudite and provocative history of how wealth and power became so unevenly distributed between the West and the rest of the world. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Despite a tendency by the authors to become cheerleaders for China, this is a reasoned survey of truly significant issues. (Author tour)"
A relentlessly upbeat forecast of China's future and the potential implications for the US. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"There is a definite need for better understanding and real reform of taxation in the US, but discussions that embrace popular prejudice and self-interest more than careful consideration of relations between government and society are not likely to be helpful. (illustrations, not seen)"
This reads like a selectively informed version of a barroom conversation on April 15: lots of venom, little thought. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 4, 1998

"Prediction: This will become a more important book than it really deserves to be."
The hyperbole of the subtitle tells the story: It's a close call whether this volume provides a brilliant overview of the big picture or overgeneralized clichÇs. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >