Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 4)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A must for car lovers and plenty of interesting material to keep other curious readers flipping pages."
A chronicle of the frantic, ultracompetitive, and heroic early days of automobile manufacturing. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A good read for anyone interested in confidence men and the history of Wall Street."
The tale of an early-20th-century con man who swindled millions through horse racing, mining claims, and penny stocks. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A welcome, well-conceived contribution to the history of technology."
Creative destruction meets destructive creation in this economic-historical study of the Internet and its privatization. Read full book review >
Stealth Capital Secrets by John Cleveland
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 29, 2015

"A solid introduction to alternative ways to obtain the cash necessary to start or grow a business."
A brief primer on nontraditional ways to raise capital for small-business ventures. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A compelling examination of a still-vilified monetary policy that has continued to show results in spite of conservative criticism."
An accessible economic study of Franklin Roosevelt's daringly effective monetary policy in the face of the Depression. Read full book review >

Make The World Your Oyster by Michael Lum
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 26, 2015

"A vivid tale about sea creatures that highlights the need for strategic risk-taking."
Two dolphins contemplate midlife career moves in this business parable. Read full book review >
AMERICA'S BANK by Roger Lowenstein
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Lowenstein doubts the Federal Reserve Act could be passed in today's volatile political climate, but he provides an unusually lucid history of our nation's central bank."
The story of the creation of the Federal Reserve. Read full book review >
RAW DEAL by Steven Hill
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A provocative, remedy-based perspective on the joint complexities of economic stability and ever expanding technology."
San Francisco-based veteran journalist Hill (Europe's Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age, 2010) examines the degenerative influences of technology businesses on the national economy.Read full book review >
NO SUCH THING AS A FREE GIFT by Linsey McGoey
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Picking up the cudgels wielded by Ida Tarbell and her fellow trustbusters, McGoey produces a startling report."
McGoey (Sociology/Univ. of Essex) probes the business motivations of contemporary philanthropic organizations. Read full book review >
A FIELD PHILOSOPHER'S GUIDE TO FRACKING by Adam Briggle
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 19, 2015

"Goliath takes it right between the eyes in this unique take on the convoluted politics, science, and cultural issues at stake regarding fracking."
Out of the university and into the streets, Briggle (Philosophy/Univ. of North Texas) brings the practice of "field philosophy" to the question of whether fracking is feckless or feasible. Read full book review >
Marketing For Tomorrow, Not Yesterday by Zain Raj
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 16, 2015

"A well-written, cogent, and concise argument that demonstrates ways to cope with the changing marketing landscape."
A longtime marketing practitioner challenges his colleagues to adjust to a new economy in this nonfiction book. Read full book review >
ECONOMICS RULES by Dani Rodrik
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A hopeful contribution to the reconstitution of a profession whose reputation has been seriously damaged, both fairly and unfairly."
Rodrik (Economics and Social Sciences/Princeton Institute For Advanced Studies; The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy, 2011, etc.) challenges both his professional colleagues and broader public opinion regarding his much-maligned field.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >