Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An unvarnished, overlong account of the facts behind America's newfound oil dominance."
The "darker side" of North Dakota's "shale oil revolution." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"The argument, accessible and without jargon, is more complex than the simple-minded anti-trade pact economic nationalism that has come to the fore in recent months, but it may still comfort everyone from Occupy Wall Street to the West Wing."
Just as Francis Fukuyama was wrong about history, this book of geopolitical wonkery has it, so all our assumptions about globalization are mistaken—and, perhaps worse, woefully out of date. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"At the edges where popular science and popular social criticism meet, with interesting if not always sharply limned arguments."
I want my MTV—and my doughnuts and my meth. Thus the American mind, racing to attain rewards that entire industries are glad to supply. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Geopolitics wonks will want to give attention to this urgent but nonsensationalized argument."
Wide-ranging study of China's re-emergence as a regional power in Asia after a long hiatus, thwarting the designs of other powers, including the United States and Russia. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An impressive monograph by two scholars well-positioned to examine the impact of religion on secular life."
Two biblical scholars combine to dig into the actions and words of the billionaire Green family, founders of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A vivid, highly disturbing narrative with relevance to current discussions of economic inequality and workplace safety."
The disheartening but well-told account of a grisly 1991 factory fire that exemplifies the social costs of institutional racism and "cheap" capitalism. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Solid economic reportage. Investors who remember the events of 30 years ago will blanch all over again, especially at the author's suggestion that worse may be yet to come."
Financial journalist Henriques (The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, 2011, etc.) turns her gaze on the catastrophic Wall Street collapse of 1987, "the contagious crisis that the system nearly didn't survive." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A by-the-numbers business book stuffed with case studies of success and failure but also with good material for priming the pump."
An exhortation to raise one's freak flag, dust off that notebook full of plans and dreams, and set up shop. Read full book review >
INVESTMENT ATLAS II by Kenneth Winans
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 22, 2017

"All investment books should be this compelling."
In his updated, comprehensive reference, Winans (Preferred Stocks, 2010, etc.) examines historical trends for today's smart investors. Read full book review >
THE POLISHED PRESENTATION by Mary Fensholt Perera
NON-FICTION
Released: April 27, 2017

"A meticulous, no-nonsense collection of strategies to ensure successful presentations."
Fensholt Perera (The Francis Effect, 2006) offers a detailed guide on improving one's public speaking performance.Read full book review >
MASTER THE INTERVIEW by Anne Marie Segal
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2016

"A self-directed, interactive manual that should benefit experienced and new job-seekers alike."
A career coach offers solid job-interview advice in a workbook format. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 12, 2015

"A memoir that ably addresses the challenges of meeting one's personal needs while also serving humanitarian causes."
An idealistic, driven woman comes to terms with the realities of life in the global nonprofit sector. 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 >