Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 28)

Released: April 3, 2012

"A book to be enjoyed by ideologues and non-ideologues of all stripes because it is not a tract for Republicans, Democrats or any other partisan organization."
A detailed, lucid, sure-to-be controversial account of whether the massive national debt of the U.S. government actually matters. Read full book review >
Released: March 30, 2012

"Economics specialists will enjoy this book, but so too will general readers disenchanted with current economic orthodoxies."
A new approach to economic analysis based on the idea that "you can't actually study economic inequality without measuring it." Read full book review >

Released: March 27, 2012

"Both heart-wrenching and deeply inspiring. Imagine communicating with your daughter for the first time—at 10 years old: 'I could be more than a caregiver: I could actually be her father.'"
The anarchy of lives dictated by autism, for both the autistic person and the immediate family, rawly detailed by one such parent. Read full book review >
IMAGINE by Jonah Lehrer
Released: March 20, 2012

"Lehrer writes with verve, creating an informative, readable book that sparkles with ideas."
Think you're not creative? Think again. The take-home message from this multifaceted inquiry is that creativity is hard-wired in the human brain and that we can enhance that quality in ourselves and in our society. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2012

"For economics and political-science students, surely, but also for the general reader who will appreciate how gracefully the authors wear their erudition."
Following up on their earlier collaboration (Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy, 2005), two scholars examine why some nations thrive and others don't. Read full book review >

Released: March 19, 2012

"Packed with anecdotes and trivia and written in clear and compelling prose, this story of a cutting-edge and astonishingly robust intellectual era—and one not without its controversies and treachery—is immensely enjoyable."
Fast Company editor Gertner traces the history of Bell Labs through more than five decades of brilliant thinking and innovation. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 2012

"An honest, conflicted glimpse of a country 'still sorting through the contradictions of a rapid, and inevitably messy, transformation.'"
Lively, anecdotal look at the people who have been vastly changed by the entrepreneurial explosion in India. Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 2012

"A valentine, yes, but a thoroughly deserved one for Mulally and Ford."
A Detroit News journalist's in-the-room account of the resurrection of America's most storied car company. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2012

"Rothkopf delivers a lively, accessible treatment of a multifaceted, complex subject."
Rothkopf (Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They are Making, 2009, etc.) uses a wide-angle lens to examine the relation between public and private power. Read full book review >
Released: March 2, 2012

"Not for novices, but economically adept readers interested in a comprehensive analysis of what went wrong in the residential real estate market will find a wealth of information and ideas."
First-time author Elgonemy offers an in-depth look at the 2007 housing market collapse and suggests changes to mortgage practices to prevent its recurrence. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2012

"Quirky, insightful and enjoyable—a welcome corrective to the typical advice from economists and financial managers steeped in the 'dismal science.'"
Vanderkam (168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, 2010, etc.), a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors, takes a fresh look at financial planning. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2012

"An impassioned, forward-thinking plea for economic reform at the grassroots level."
In an installment of the environmentally responsible publisher's Community Resilience Guide series, an astute economist weighs in on a hot-button issue: how to keep local dollars invested in local businesses. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >