Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 4)

Reconstruction: First a Body, Then a Life by Ara Lucia Ashburne
Released: Dec. 10, 2014

"Verbose at times but astonishing and inspirational nonetheless."
Ashburne's debut memoir recounts her extraordinary journey toward recovery from the physical and emotional scars of a near-death experience with flesh-eating bacteria. Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 2015

"An intriguing report on unusual objectives pursued through outreach and debate."
Proceedings from the 2010 Mind & Life Institute conference, featuring dialogue with the Dalai Lama. Read full book review >

COOL by Steven Quartz
Released: April 14, 2015

"Some points are more provocative than convincing, but the authors put a lively spin on an age-old argument."
A counterintuitive analysis suggesting that consumers instinctively know more about the value of the signals they are sending than their critics do. Read full book review >
A Practical Guide to Crafting your HR Strategy by Stephen M. Flynn
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A detailed theoretical structure of employment systems that provides a context for understanding the functions of HR management."
An overview of the nine employment structures at the heart of all human resources systems and practices. Read full book review >
WORK RULES! by Laszlo Bock
Released: April 7, 2015

"An intriguing profile of an innovative company that continues to shake up the world."
The head of "People Operations" at Google discusses how the company grew into a world leader in its field and why economics was not necessarily the primary driver of its development. Read full book review >


"A coherent, concise look at the elements that go into new business initiatives."
A detailed guide to the practical aspects of organizational change. Read full book review >
THE THIN GREEN LINE by Paul Sullivan
Released: March 10, 2015

"There's good how-to stuff here, but Sullivan's added value is his gentle insistence that wealth and money aren't synonyms."
Want to get rich? Stay in school and save your money. Read full book review >
CLIMATE SHOCK by Gernot Wagner
Released: March 1, 2015

"Specialized and a touch rarified but useful for policy workers in helping shape dollars-and-cents arguments about the environment and global climate."
"Most everything we know tells us climate change is bad. Most everything we don't know tells us it's probably much worse." So observe Environmental Defense Fund economist Wagner (But Will the Planet Notice?: How Smart Economics Can Save the World, 2011, etc.) and Weitzman (Economics/Harvard Univ.; Income, Wealth, and the Maximum Principle, 2003, etc.) in this dismal-science look at a very dismal subject indeed.Read full book review >
COINED by Kabir Sehgal
Released: March 10, 2015

"A lively account with an unconventional viewpoint."
Sehgal (Jazzocracy: Jazz, Democracy, and the Creation of a New American Mythology, 2008, etc.), a vice president for emerging market equities at J.P Morgan, opens up the toolbox of his trade in this wide-ranging discussion of money and its instrumental function through human history.Read full book review >
A FORCE FOR GOOD by John G. Taft
Released: March 17, 2015

"An earnest exercise wherein all the right people say all the right things."
A corporate CEO and longtime champion of "enlightened finance" gathers essays from prominent academics, executives, regulators and politicians on reforming the financial services industry, making it "a consistent and positive force for social good." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2014

"A theological interpretation of ethical and effective finance."
A faith-based approach to responsible financial behavior. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2014

"A strongly stated but decidedly one-sided view of economic collapse; channels the anger of the economically downtrodden but offers little in the way of a hopeful solution."
This short work offers a sobering perspective on what the author sees as the coming "dollar devaluation." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >