Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 28)

THE CYANIDE CANARY by Joseph Hilldorfer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 21, 2004

"Top-notch nonfiction legal thriller, reminding readers of the baseline: 'This all comes down to one thing. It's all about money.'"
EPA investigator Hilldorfer recounts his uncovering of a monstrous environmental crime, caught in all its venality and prosecutorial subterfuge. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 2004

"First-rate look at the majesty and danger of building modern cities."
A comprehensive celebration of men who for more than a century have willingly accepted the risks it took to put the American skyscraper on the map. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 12, 2004

"Are there any lessons to be drawn? Yes, many. But as long as the culture 'tolerates lying, even in seemingly marginal ways,' Lowenstein suggests, the great humbling of 2002 may foretoken worse to come."
A wide-ranging examination of the stock-market boom of the 1990s and its resounding crash. Read full book review >
AMERICAN SUCKER by David Denby
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 12, 2004

"For those who felt Denby lost some of the bounce in his step when he moved from New York to the New Yorker, here he is again in full, anxious, exegetic stride."
A seismic disturbance rocks New Yorker film critic Denby's life, and he turns for security, Lord help him, to the stock market of early 2000. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Lavish and extravagant, gossipy yet even-handed, maximizing a great story: likely to become the standard text on the Wassermans."
A Hollywood biography more dramatic and enthralling than most of what its subjects produce. Read full book review >

AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Helmut Newton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"Disarmingly frank, refreshingly unsentimental, surprisingly crude, and utterly absorbing."
The renowned "bad boy" photographer reflects on his long journey from pampered Berlin brat to international fashion icon. Read full book review >
NIXON’S SHADOW by David Greenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Thought-provoking from start to finish."
"No postwar politician did more to educate Americans to the primacy of image in politics" than Richard Nixon. So argues historian Greenberg in a rich work full of lessons and implications for spin doctors. Read full book review >
THE WHITE HEADHUNTER by Nigel Randell
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A fabulous ethnographic tale inside a larger tragedy of cultural genocide and retaliatory murders. (8 pp. b&w photos, maps, index)"
Documentary filmmaker Randell debuts with the story of a young Scottish sailor's eight-year stay on a South Pacific island. Read full book review >
BOOB JUBILEE by Thomas Frank
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Fine muckery, with fingers pointed and blame apportioned. Like being lifted up high, where the air is clear."
"These are grotesque times," say one writer in this assembly of pieces from The Baffler, echoing other contributors as they chronicle the fallout from the New Economy. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 10, 2003

"A monumental piece of work, stuffed to the gills with both clean and dirty secrets, certain to be de rigueur poolside reading in Beverly Hills this summer."
The story of MCA and its unrivaled influence on the culture and business of entertainment under perhaps the most powerful man about whom most Americans know nothing. Read full book review >
A MATHEMATICIAN PLAYS THE STOCK MARKET by John Allen Paulos
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 2003

"A first-rate exploration into the math of the market: heuristic numeracy at its best."
A severe investment miscalculation leads to valuable lessons about the tricky psychology and thorny arithmetic of the market. Read full book review >
DRY by Augusten Burroughs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2003

"Didn't think you'd ever feel even an ounce of sympathy for—let alone root for—a drunken adman, did you? Meet Mr. Burroughs."
Like the alcohol he so enjoys, Burroughs's story of getting dry will go straight into your bloodstream and leave you buzzing, exhilarated, and wiped out. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >