Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 5)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Superb scholarship and a sprightly style recover an unaccountably overlooked life in our history."
A specialist in African-American history pieces together the remarkable career of an antebellum Wall Street broker who was married to a white woman, ambitious, ruthless, successful, and black: in short, "a racist's nightmare come to life." Read full book review >
FOOLPROOF by Greg Ip
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A provocative challenge to the tendency to elevate ideology over thoughtfulness. The author amply shows how 'stability is blissful, but it may also be illusory, hiding the buildup of hidden risks or nurturing behavior that will bring the stability to an end.'"
Societies and economies "are not inherently stable," writes Wall Street Journal chief economics commentator Ip (The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World, 2010) in this eye-opening book about risk-taking and crisis.Read full book review >

INTERLOCK by Patricia Goldstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An exhausting deluge of information about a man many remember as a 'natural-born hustler.'"
A tormented artist's life and death. Read full book review >
LITTLE RICE by Clay Shirky
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A compact, accessible, and intelligently delivered update on China's evolving economic and political front via one particularly accomplished electronics venture."
A compact report on the world's biggest economy, told through the story of the third-largest global manufacturer of smartphones. Read full book review >
THE REPROACH OF HUNGER by David Rieff
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A basically pessimistic assessment certain to be disputed by those working to solve the problem."
A densely written critical analysis of the current approach to ending world hunger, calling into question the optimism of such technocrat philanthropists as Bill Gates. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An effective amalgam of satire and practicality, McCammon's functional playbook takes the guesswork and much of the mystery out of job searches and appropriate office etiquette."
A handy how-to guide on cultivating and applying today's most useful business skills. Read full book review >
RAZZLE DAZZLE by Michael Riedel
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A captivating gift to theater lovers."
The riotous revival of Broadway. Read full book review >
HOW THE OTHER HALF BANKS by Mehrsa Baradaran
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A comprehensive addition to the ongoing discussions of both inequality and the financial system."
In this debut, Baradaran (Univ. of Georgia School of Law) charges that nearly half of the American population has been deprived of access to financial services at a fair price thanks to financial deregulation. Read full book review >
CHICAGONOMICS by Lanny Ebenstein
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A detailed argument and an absorbing narrative combine in this important contribution to the field."
Ebenstein (Economics/Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; Milton Friedman: A Biography, 2007, etc.) explores the history and reputation of the Chicago School of Economics.Read full book review >
THE AGE OF ASPIRATION by Dilip Hiro
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"As comprehensive and knowledgeable as Hiro's earlier Inside India Today (1977; reissued 2013)."
An insider's economic report on the perils and scandals of India's precipitous drive into a market economy over the last decades. Read full book review >
FAST FORWARD by Melanne Verveer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A durable contribution to the continued efforts to effect change for women."
Two organizers of the contemporary global movement for women's rights demonstrate how they build networks and focus activities to create opportunities for women to exercise their rights. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 3, 2015

"A work that knowledgeably situates the pioneering of a nasty new style of politics."
A well-focused academic study of how the California agriculture business helped spur the conservative backlash against New Deal policies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >