Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 5)

SPEED LIMITS by Mark C. Taylor
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A timely accompaniment to James Gleick's Faster (1999), this is a stimulating cautionary report for the digital age."
A philosopher and cultural critic ponders the durability of our fast-tracked, multitasked modern world. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A hugely depressing deep dive into the cesspit of money and politics."
The executive director of the Progressive Policy Institute explains how "politicians, donors, and fundraisers" have distorted our politics. Read full book review >

BERKSHIRE BEYOND BUFFETT by Lawrence A. Cunningham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Not exactly an independent point of view but one that will surely provoke much curiosity."
Cunningham (Business Law/George Washington Univ.; Contracts in the Real World: Stories of Popular Contracts and Why They Matter, 2012, etc.) discusses whether Berkshire Hathaway, the investment vehicle for billionaire Warren Buffett, will outlive the death of its founder and why.Read full book review >
THE SONIC BOOM by Joel Beckerman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Interesting insight on the use of sound bites to merchandise products."
Man Made Music founder Beckerman, with the assistance of Gray (The Hit Charade: Lou Pearlman, Boy Bands, and the Biggest Ponzi Scheme in U.S. History, 2008), explains the use of sonic branding in advertising.Read full book review >
BAD PAPER by Jake Halpern
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Halpern brings unexpected literary heft to the world of debt collection."
An investigation of the bottom-feeding underworld of debt collecting and its disreputable cast of rip-off artists. Read full book review >

WINNERS DREAM by Bill McDermott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An inspiring but somewhat familiar tale of success driven by salesmanship."
A memoir about the life and leadership methods McDermott, the recently appointed CEO of software giant SAP, employed to shape the trajectory of his career. Read full book review >
ROOKIE SMARTS by Liz Wiseman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An exciting promotion of lifelong discovery and enthusiasm as answers to routine and business as usual."
Wiseman (co-author: The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools, 2014, etc.) provides a big boost for first-time employees and others who refuse to be bound by arbitrary limits.Read full book review >
HIJACKING THE RUNWAY by Teri Agins
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"A breezy, authoritative report on the formidable culture of '[c]elebrities as billboards for fashion.'"
Splashy critique of the celebrity sway over fashion. Read full book review >
THE AUTHORITY ADVISOR by Joe Simonds
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 8, 2014

"Easy-to-read fable that makes a convincing case to develop a content marketing strategy."
A financial adviser/digital marketing guru uses a fictional story to demonstrate the importance of content marketing, or authority marketing, to attract customers and grow your business. Read full book review >
LOSING OUR WAY by Bob Herbert
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"In vivid anecdotes and moving portraits, Herbert humanizes the many problems he uncovers, and he clearly believes that Americans can, and will, band together to set the nation on a new course."
Former New York Times opinion columnist Herbert (Promises Betrayed: Waking Up from the American Dream, 2005) reports on his cross-country trip investigating the lives of the 99 percent. Read full book review >
HAND TO MOUTH by Linda Tirado
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Outspoken and vindictive, Tirado embodies the cyclical vortex of today's struggle to survive."
A challenged mom on welfare gets personal. Read full book review >
GLASS JAW by Eric Dezenhall
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"More an illumination of the challenge than a pat solution."
Dezenhall (The Devil Himself, 2011, etc.) counsels beleaguered corporations on how to deal with bullying citizens and their social media attacks. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >