Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 2)

THE POWER OF FIFTY BITS by Bob Nease
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Although each strategy is common-sensical in its own right, taken together, they form a thoughtful, easy-to-digest approach for individuals and organizations seeking to foster better choices."
Useful advice on how to act on your good intentions. Read full book review >
THE END OF AVERAGE by Todd Rose
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"An intriguing view into the evolution and imperfections of our current system but lacking a clear path toward implementing the proposed principles of individuality."
Rose (Director, Mind, Brain, and Education Program/Harvard Univ.; Square Peg: My Story and What it Means for Raising Innovators, Visionaries, and Out-of-the-Box Thinkers, 2013) rejects the faulty benchmark of average and advocates for principles of individuality in schools and businesses. Read full book review >

DARK MONEY by Jane Mayer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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 >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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 >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A somewhat superficial yet entertaining romp."
Where to find innovators. Read full book review >

A CRUDE LOOK AT THE WHOLE by John H. Miller
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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 >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A well-styled, illuminating startup guide."
The founder of MissNowMrs.com shares her insights on building and sustaining a successful business in this debut entrepreneurship book. Read full book review >
BLOOD OIL by Leif Wenar
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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 >
The Making of a CEO by Oswald R. Viva
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 17, 2015

"An intentionally broad, somewhat cursory survival manual for beginning CEOs."
A management consultant offers a coaching session for small-business owners. Read full book review >
 Economic Conservative/Social Liberal  by Mark Bragg
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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.
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A debut book characterizes the art of selling as building relationships. 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 >