Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 3)

QUENCH YOUR OWN THIRST by Jim Koch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"Koch's down-to-earth personality, business advice, and passion are good models for those interested in making their own ways."
The founder and brewer of Samuel Adams shares the story of Boston Beer Company, his business philosophy, and entrepreneurial tips. Read full book review >
GOOD FOR THE MONEY by Robert Benmosche
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"A no-holds-barred account of what it takes to succeed at the highest levels."
Called on to turn around the world's largest insurance company, AIG, which had greatly contributed to a near-complete breakdown of the financial system, former president and CEO Benmosche chronicles how he paid back what the country was owed. Read full book review >

AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? by Yanis Varoufakis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 12, 2016

"A defensive but astute, cerebral, and engrossing polemic that conveys knowledge and authority."
The former Greek finance minister argues that the lack of political will and democratic consensus in the euro crisis portends a drift toward authoritarianism. Read full book review >
GLOBAL INEQUALITY by Branko Milanovic
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 11, 2016

"Packed with charts and graphs and not for the numerically faint of heart. For those versed in economics, however, Milanovic provides an illuminating analysis."
The rich get richer, and the world gets poorer. Read full book review >
SLEEPING GIANT by Tamara Draut
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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 >

THE NEW CASE FOR GOLD by James Rickards
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"A provocatively controversial alternative to a leading orthodoxy that should find room on the bookshelves of policymakers and investors."
Rickards (The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System, 2014, etc.) advises investors to "simply get some gold."Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"Lively storytelling about complex theories and arcane dealmaking."
A journalist who has covered multibillion-dollar corporate mergers and acquisitions, many of them hostile, recounts how the dealmaking exploded onto the Wall Street scene during the 1970s and '80s. Read full book review >
THE GRAY RHINO by Michele Wucker
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"A valuable guide for individuals and policymakers who want to act when they see the lights of an oncoming train."
An analysis of "highly obvious but ignored threats"—from failing infrastructure to financial crises to climate change—and what can be done to prevent disastrous outcomes. Read full book review >
PEAK by Anders Ericsson
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"Especially informative for parents and educators in preparing children for the challenges ahead."
Challenging the notion that talent is innate. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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 >
WHY SAVE THE BANKERS? by Thomas Piketty
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"If reading Piketty's columns brings back bad memories of tough times of the recent past, it also helps make sense of recent financial history. Just be prepared for a mental workout."
"In the long run, patrimonial capitalism is the only kind that can exist." The noted scholar of inequality (Capital in the Twenty-First Century, 2014, etc.) looks at recent events through an economist's lens.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"An engaging, well-documented business book that should become a valuable resource for urban farmers everywhere. In a category glutted with titles on digital startup operations, the thoughtfully detailed planning and advice laid out here will be inspiring to a wide range of small brick-and-mortar business entrepreneurs."
The co-founder of "the world's first commercial rooftop farm" chronicles how she and a small group of socially conscious and creatively resourceful individuals built their successful business. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >