Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 2)

DARK MONEY by Jane Mayer
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A valuable contribution to the study of modern electoral politics in an age that Theodore White, and perhaps even Hunter S. Thompson, would not recognize."
A careful exposé of the libertarian agenda, spearheaded by the Koch brothers, to "impose their minority views on the majority by other means." Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"The author's scholarly work is certain to be shelved in law libraries and become required reading for politicians. However, the book is deeply geared toward legal minds and may frustrate general readers."
Hasen (Law and Political Science/Univ. of California, Irvine; The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown, 2012, etc.) examines the always-contentious issue of campaign finance.Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A somewhat superficial yet entertaining romp."
Where to find innovators. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A valuable companion to confusion, though it's not without a few tangles of its own."
The world is complicated and getting more so. Or, as Miller (Economics and Social Sciences/Carnegie Mellon Univ.; co-author: Complex Adaptive Systems, 2007) puts it, more cheerfully, "complexity abounds."Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A well-styled, illuminating startup guide."
The founder of shares her insights on building and sustaining a successful business in this debut entrepreneurship book. Read full book review >

BLOOD OIL by Leif Wenar
Released: Jan. 2, 2016

"A fascinating reframing of large and vexing questions. Highly recommended for policymakers and energy strategists as well as students of contemporary philosophy."
A provocative examination of natural resources, their extraction, and their control. Read full book review >
PRESENCE by Amy Cuddy
Released: Dec. 22, 2015

"An uneven book studded with genuine insights that public speakers will find useful."
An examination of the psychological and physiological mechanics that spark the precious, transitory sense of presence. Read full book review >
 Economic Conservative/Social Liberal  by Mark Bragg
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A vibrant attempt to articulate a grand compromise between the American left and right."
A list of political cures for what ails the United States, offered in a spirit of bipartisanship. Read full book review >
Just Go Sell! by Colin Knowles
Released: Dec. 4, 2015

"Smart, on target, and born of experience, this strong volume should be highly instructive for the novice and reassuring to the accomplished salesperson.
A debut book characterizes the art of selling as building relationships. Read full book review >
STONED by Aja Raden
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A lively, incisive cultural and social history."
A jewelry designer and historian's account of how the desire for diamonds, gold, and other precious stones and metals has shaped history. Read full book review >
DNA of Mathematics by Mehran Basti
Released: Nov. 25, 2015

"Despite occasional nuggets of intrigue, wildly uneven and simply too disorganized to hold much interest or credibility."
Debut author Basti, a mathematician, explains the wide-ranging significance of Riccati differential equations frequently used in studies of motion in physics and engineering. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A levelheaded, well-researched analysis of the many 'trappings of contemporary breastfeeding culture.'"
The pros and cons of using breast milk instead of formula for your baby. 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 >