Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 28)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2013

"An essential contribution to understanding the roots of our most recent financial crisis, enriched by a deeper review of the history of American home financing."
Gagged until a civil suit was finally dismissed in 2012, former Fannie Mae CFO Howard lays bare for the first time how the agency was undermined, and its executive leadership framed, by a confederation of political opponents. Read full book review >
KNOW YOU CAN by Wesley J. Forster
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 18, 2013

"Solid principles for those who haven't yet begun to prepare for retirement."
A Certified Financial Planner and aviation enthusiast offers a breezy how-to debut in hopes of helping readers soar to their retirement goals with as little turbulence as possible. Read full book review >

OWNING THE EARTH by Andro Linklater
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Vast, evenhanded and worthy of rumination."
A pertinent, wide-ranging comparative study of the unleashing of the "monster" of private property, which has both enriched and enslaved populations. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"An important attempt to shift the discussion on health in the United States."
Bradley (Public Health/Yale Univ.) and Harvard presidential scholar Taylor examine why Americans are less healthy than others around the world, even though the United States spends more on health. Read full book review >
IF MAYORS RULED THE WORLD by Benjamin R. Barber
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A provocative, informative account of a different kind of globalization. Highly recommended reading for policymakers and other readers intrigued by forward-thinking forms of governance."
Political theorist Barber (Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York; Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole, 2007, etc.) asks whether the world's cities, and the mayors who lead them, can come together as an alternative to the failures of the nation-state. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A fascinating study of American entrepreneurial culture and the modern robber barons who succeeded in creating an energy revolution."
Award-winning Wall Street Journal columnist Zuckerman (The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History, 2009) calls drilling for shale gas and oil "one of the greatest energy revolutions in history." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A useful, hands-on book to help readers prioritize their happiness through practical financial planning."
A thorough guide to keeping your finances—and emotions—in order. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Sober without being dour and with a perhaps surprisingly optimistic conclusion. For policy wonks and readers with a grasp of basic economics, a refreshing re-examination of doctrine, reality and effect."
Former Federal Reserve Board chairman Greenspan (The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World, 2007, etc.) lightens up on free market orthodoxies to ponder the fact that people do not always behave, economically, as we wish them to—and neither do markets. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 2013

"A practical, no-nonsense advice book that will help readers spend their time and money wisely."
A straightforwarddebutguidebook to securing good financial health. Read full book review >
THE EVERYTHING STORE by Brad Stone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A must-add to any business bookshelf."
Fair-minded, virtually up-to-the-minute history of the retail and technology behemoth and the prodigious brain behind it. Read full book review >
The New Killer Apps by Chunka Mui
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"An erudite anthem for large companies reshaping themselves to innovate and compete with agile startups."
Couched as an us-vs.-them guide for corporations in the realm of technology innovation, this perceptive book shows how big companies can defeat the nimble upstarts through the strategic use of resources, the implementation of three principles and the following of eight rules. Read full book review >
THE ART OF NEGOTIATION by Michael Wheeler
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A fresh approach offering new ways to improve negotiating skills."
Wheeler (Harvard Business School/Negotiation, 2003, etc.) distills his teaching experience and research in expanding methods of negotiation. 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 >