Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 3)

SQUEEZED by Alissa Quart
Released: June 26, 2018

"Well-written, wide-ranging, and vital to understanding American life today."
Fighting to stay in the middle class. Read full book review >
BAD BLOOD by John Carreyrou
Released: May 21, 2018

"Already slated for feature film treatment, Carreyrou's exposé is a vivid, cinematic portrayal of serpentine Silicon Valley corruption."
A deep investigative report on the sensationalistic downfall of multibillion-dollar Silicon Valley biotech startup Theranos. Read full book review >

Released: July 10, 2018

"A useful primer on a highly contentious topic."
A journalist who focuses on economic policy explores the idea of reducing poverty through recurring government payments to every adult citizen. Read full book review >
BARONS OF THE SEA by Steven Ujifusa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"A vivid account of larger-than-life if not always attractive characters and a technological marvel that briefly captivated the Victorian world."
Fifty years before the robber barons, immense fortunes in the young United States flowed to great shipping firms, a brutal, sometimes lucrative, and technologically creative enterprise brilliantly chronicled by naval historian Ujifusa (A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S.S. United States, 2012). Read full book review >
AMITY AND PROSPERITY by Eliza Griswold
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A solid addition to the burgeoning literature on the social and health-related effects of fracking."
Griswold (The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, 2010, etc.) immerses herself with a few Pennsylvania families in rural areas near Pittsburgh to chronicle their life-threatening battles against the fracking industry. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 5, 2018

"A pleasure for the fiscally minded and a good introduction to applied economics for readers with a smattering of theory."
Invisible hand, meet trickle-down: a lightly learned but deep-reaching look at classic economic problems through the lens of classical economics. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"A saddening, maddening story that draws much-needed attention to crime without punishment in a remote—but not invisible—part of the world."
Journalistic account of the rush to develop the Amazon rainforest and its cost in human lives. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 2018

"A vigorous study of how school reform requires vigilance, collaboration, and a capacious definition of true learning."
Corporate reformers undermine public education. Read full book review >

"The author uses bold strokes to sketch a contrarian view that lay readers will easily grasp, but economists are unlikely to embrace his ideas without more quantitative evidence."
An independent scholar critiques mainstream economics and proposes an original explanation for the rise of service-sector employment. Read full book review >

"An authoritative work that should be immensely useful to new and experienced restaurateurs."
A comprehensive guide to marketing by a 25-year restaurant-business veteran. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2018

"Fans of good beer will enjoy Noel's explorations, which make for a useful cautionary tale as well."
Mass-produced beer? You're soaking in it—and sometimes, as this foamy exposé relates, under the guise of a trendy indie label. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"A bright, informative take on an industry in turmoil."
How technological change has "convulsed" the advertising industry. 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 >