Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 4)

CUBED by Nikil Saval
Released: April 22, 2014

"Ferociously lucid and witty."
An editor of n +1 offers an illuminating study of the modern office and its antecedents. Read full book review >
Released: April 15, 2014

"Not to be skimmed. A cogent and genuine argument for the true democratization of online culture."
A filmmaker turns her high-powered intellect not just on the Internet and its effect on our lives, but also on the sociological and economic forces that bend and shape it. Read full book review >

A Practical Guide to jBPM5 by Venkataganesh Thoppae
Released: April 13, 2014

"A personable tone, thorough understanding of the subject matter, and clarity in thought and prose make Thoppae's guide a worthwhile read for the technologically inclined."
Creating a business work flow becomes a straightforward exercise in Thoppae's useful, concise guide. Read full book review >
A BIGGER PRIZE by Margaret Heffernan
Released: April 8, 2014

"The step-by-step accumulation of argument and evidence is overwhelming in its thoroughness and attention to detail."
Entrepreneur Heffernan (Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril, 2011, etc.) systematically deconstructs the social myths associated with hypercompetitiveness while providing a formidable case about how counterproductive, and even perverse, it can be. Read full book review >
Released: April 8, 2014

"An immensely readable and rewarding book that will challenge and inspire readers to make their workplaces hotbeds of creativity."
The president of Pixar Animation Studios describes the making of the creative culture that has produced Toy Story, Finding Nemo and other award-winning movies. Read full book review >

Released: April 8, 2014

"Rising from the text is a miasma of corporate and political malfeasance and immorality that mocks the platitudes of democracy."
Rolling Stone journalist Taibbi (Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America, 2010, etc.) once again rakes from the muck some most malodorous information about inequality in America. Read full book review >
Released: April 8, 2014

"Corporate history with enough drama for a movie."
Business history that will satisfy anyone captivated by Silicon Valley. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2014

"Reading between the lines, White is recommending much more—and therein lies controversy, especially when it comes to military spending. A book that deserves much attention."
Looking to beat up on George W. Bush some more? There's plenty of ammunition in this chronicle of the collapse of federal fiscal discipline during the previous administration. Read full book review >
DIVIDED by David Cay Johnston
Released: April 1, 2014

"A potent chronicle of America's 'extreme inequality, the worst by far of any nation with a modern economy.'"
Investigative reporter Johnston (The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind, 2012, etc.) collects together writings from forty authors representing many different fields of endeavor to present a multifaceted picture of inequality. Read full book review >
FLASH BOYS by Michael Lewis
Released: March 31, 2014

"If you've ever had the feeling that the system is out for itself at your expense, well, look no further. A riveting, maddening yarn that is causing quite a stir already, including calls for regulatory reform."
In trademark Lewis (Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, 2011, etc.) fashion, a data-rich but all-too-human tale of "heuristic data bullshit and other mumbo jumbo" in the service of gaming the financial system, courtesy of—yes, Goldman Sachs and company. Read full book review >
HOPE POINTS NORTH by Robert Douglas Spetta
Released: March 13, 2014

"Spetta takes what could have been merely a quaint look back at the '60s and makes it into an unforgettable tale of enduring friendship."
In his second novel, Spetta (High Tide Low Moon Running, 2002) offers a charming, resonant coming-of-age adventure. Read full book review >
Manage It Right! by Carlos Zorea
Released: March 12, 2014

"Tough-love business management advice that never loses sight of the big-picture economy."
A demanding road map for turning around a failing business. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >