Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 4)

FEAR CITY by Kim Phillips-Fein
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 18, 2017

"Sobering, smart reading with many pointed lessons for activists."
New York may be an amusement park for the very rich these days, but as this grimly detailed historical account reveals, there was a time…. Read full book review >
ILLEGAL TO LEGAL by R.L. Pelshaw
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 2, 2014

"A superb, all-in-one business startup manual with the proper dose of motivational wisdom; uniquely targets an audience for whom options in life may often appear to be limited."
A felon convicted of a white-collar crime makes an impassioned case for lawbreakers to use their skills for legitimate gain. Read full book review >

THE GIVERS by David Callahan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 11, 2017

"An eye-opening view of a vast sector of the economy that lies in the shadows but has undue influence, for ill or good."
Intriguing look at the world of big-ticket philanthropy, which shows promise of surpassing much governmental social-service spending in the near future. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE LABEL by Maureen Chiquet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"An inspirational but disjointed autobiography best suited for neophyte designers, budding fashionistas, and Chanel devotees."
A conversational memoir charting the rise of the former global CEO of Chanel. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 11, 2017

"A sobering account of inequality and spatial conflict rising against a cultural backdrop of urban change."
A prominent urban theorist examines the hidden impacts of gentrification and innovation on (mostly) American cities. Read full book review >

LOAN SHARKS by Charles R. Geisst
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 25, 2017

"Mostly for scholars of economic history and highly motivated lay readers."
A chronological account of money lending and loan sharking with an emphasis on practices in the United States in the past 200 years. Read full book review >
LEADING LADY by Stephen Galloway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A brisk, breezy look at the turbulent world of moviemaking."
A biography about a powerful former studio head. Read full book review >
7 QUICK CASH FIXES by Betsi Bixby
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 28, 2016

"Tightly organized, no-nonsense financial advice that could be especially helpful to company owners who need a quick cash infusion."
A cash flow expert doles out useful if obvious advice for cash-strapped companies in this breezy book. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 4, 2017

"The author's easy-reading but hard-hitting exposé of a dysfunctional biomedical research system will inform and alarm general readers, and it is sure to stir controversy and arouse ire among those who feel their ox is being gored."
An award-winning science journalist reports that research in the biomedical sciences is too often guilty of wasting time and money and, worse than that, actually slowing scientific progress and misinforming the public. Read full book review >
THE LAND OF ENTERPRISE by Benjamin C. Waterhouse
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 11, 2017

"Though plagued by repetition, the book offers persuasive reasoning to support the author's thesis."
A historian makes his case that the story of private enterprise has been undervalued as a window into the history of the United States. Read full book review >
A FINE MESS by T.R. Reid
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 4, 2017

"Though Reid's topic may be anathema to many readers, he makes it relentlessly revelatory and simple to understand."
An exploration of the absurd complexity of the American tax system and an astute comparison to many examples of simpler, effective tax collection by other governments around the world. Read full book review >
DOUBLE BIND by Robin Romm
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thoughtfully provocative anthology."
Romm (MFA Program/Warren Wilson Coll.; The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks, 2009, etc.) gathers essays by successful women about the meaning of ambition in their lives. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >