Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: April 3, 2018

"Longer on description than prescription but a provocative work of social criticism."
"In places where jobs disappear, society falls apart": a sobering portrait of a crumbling polity. Read full book review >

"A shrewd analysis of the real estate market but a lackluster fount of 'spiritual intelligence.'"
A real estate entrepreneur reflects on the principles of his success. Read full book review >

Released: April 3, 2018

"A smart, comprehensive economics guide with a feminist twist."
Diamond (Whole Worlds Could Pass Away, 2017, etc.) sets out to debunk the patriarchy of capitalism in this nonfiction work aimed at women. Read full book review >
ELECTRICITY ACTS by Leonard S.  Hyman
Released: July 1, 2017

"An occasionally complicated but always informative look at the transformation of an industry over centuries."
A political and economic history of the nationalization and deregulation of the United Kingdom's electricity systems. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 30, 2017

"The conclusion of an expansive, all-inclusive educational program."
The second volume of an extensive instructional course in accounting. Read full book review >

BASIC ACCOUNTING by Gregory M. Mostyn
Released: Sept. 25, 2017

"Comprehensive, graphically pleasing, and expertly constructed; an outstanding teaching and learning tool."
Mostyn's (Accounting/Mission College) update to his original edition, published in 2007, covers foundational topics of basic accounting in eight sections. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2018

"At times bedeviled by academic jargon and repetition of obvious problems, but essentially a worthy plea for change."
A research-heavy, advocacy-grounded study of urban blight and incarceration, in which the authors "argue that efforts to end mass incarceration must go beyond reforming legislation or police practices." Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2018

"A wide-ranging and learned work that celebrates the city as rich, engaged, tolerant, and alive."
Why more ethical and open cities represent the future of urban planning. Read full book review >
Released: March 27, 2018

"A valuable book from a sensible centrist who writes with great knowledge and good humor."
Blinder (Economics and Public Affairs/Princeton Univ.; After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead, 2013, etc.) argues that economists and politicians often talk past one another. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"Essays that are uneven in quality but unrelenting in their frank, even painful, descriptions and assessments of one of America's most devastated lands."
An assortment of essays by writers who stand on various autobiographical elevations to view America's Rust Belt. Read full book review >
TO THE PROMISED LAND by Michael K. Honey
Released: April 3, 2018

"Less a revisionist history of King than a worthy look at a seldom-documented portion of his agenda."
A former civil rights organizer continues his studies about Martin Luther King Jr. by focusing on King's insistence that all Americans receive a living wage for their work. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2018

"Capitalism as we know it today is anti-democratic—and not likely to relinquish power without a fight. A useful resource for setting agendas."
Democracy and the world's dominant economic system are at loggerheads. So argues American Prospect co-founder Kuttner (Debtors' Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility, 2013, etc.) in this vigorous critique. 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 >