Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 2)

JUNK by Alison Stewart
Released: April 1, 2016

"Absorbing and enjoyably compelling research on the packrat conundrum in our society."
Quirky, immersive report on the "who, what, where, when, and why of junk." Read full book review >
Released: April 5, 2016

"Sprawling and sometimes unruly, Geissinger's narrative still offers a perceptive early look at the volatile present and seemingly inevitable future of 'crypto-currency.'"
Enthusiastic overview of the "virtual currency" known as Bitcoin, focused on its complex technology and the outsized personalities who have advanced it. Read full book review >

CALLINGS by Dave Isay
Released: April 19, 2016

"Inspiring, insightful, and thoroughly readable."
A distinguished public radio producer's collection of conversations with Americans who "found…their way to doing exactly what they were meant to do with their lives." Read full book review >
Released: April 19, 2016

"A refreshingly unusual approach by an author admirably transparent about why she wrote the book and why she chose to avoid more traditional approaches."
An examination of the controversial realm of American gun culture through the perspective of gun manufacturers, with an emphasis on the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Read full book review >
Released: March 28, 2016

"Sometimes dry, sometimes undercooked, but a useful snapshot of the rising new service economy—of considerable interest to students of business."
An exploration of "a simple-sounding yet transformative concept that is radically changing business, the economy, and society at large." Read full book review >

Fitch Path by Todd Corley
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Worthy strategies from an experienced diversity leader."
Abercrombie & Fitch's former chief diversity officer discusses emerging workforce expectations and the retailer's inclusion evolution in this debut business guide Read full book review >
Released: May 26, 2015

"An informative, diverting guide on what it takes to be a successful investor, with a healthy dose of seasoned humor."
A debut book offers a professional's personal perspective on stock market investing. Read full book review >
A Culture Turned by Steve Simpson
Released: Nov. 14, 2012

"A book that delivers an effective approach to leveraging a company's underlying precepts."
Business consultants showcase how uncovering unwritten ground rules can transform a company's culture in this debut fable. Read full book review >
Released: March 8, 2016

"An authoritative account of the challenges facing progressives wishing to fuse better governance with economic justice."
An energetic if grim discussion of inequality and the coming era of underemployment, viewed through the lens of the forgotten American progressive narrative. Read full book review >

"Some readers may find this a forward-thinking overview of an intriguing profit-oriented methodology, but others are likely to be more skeptical of its practical applications."
An unconventional, strategic approach to optimizing business profits. Read full book review >
FROM SILK TO SILICON by Jeffrey E. Garten
Released: March 1, 2016

"Of interest to students of economic history, though less intellectually compelling than David Warsh's Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations (2006) or even Robert Allen's Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction (2011)."
Yale economic historian Garten (The Big Ten: The Big Emerging Markets and How They Will Change Our Lives, 1997, etc.) looks at 10 pioneers of the new global economy, from Genghis Khan to Deng Xiaoping.Read full book review >
SLEEPING GIANT by Tamara Draut
Released: April 5, 2016

"Readers who concur that we have a 'neoliberal economic system that is systematically rotten to the core' will welcome Draut's impassioned report; others may be unmoved."
A close examination of the plight of the working class, the decline of organized labor's political power, and the stirrings of activism that indicate change may be on the way. 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 >