Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 5)

FEELING SMART by Eyal Winter
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"No special knowledge of game theory or of economic theory is required to follow Winter's arguments, and his insights about human behavior range over a variety of areas: politics, religion, sex, marriage and art. A lively, accessible work."
A Humboldt Prize-winning Israeli scholar of behavioral economics advances the concept of rational emotions in a book filled with fascinating studies and personal anecdotes. Read full book review >
ONLY ONE THING CAN SAVE US by Thomas Geoghegan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 19, 2014

"A manifesto that provokes even when it doesn't convince and tempers its broadsides with humor and a conversational style."
A union lawyer offers radical prescriptions to resuscitate a moribund labor movement. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 17, 2014

"A thorough, though sometimes overly detailed, exploration of how cultural values affect negotiations across national boundaries and how to use that understanding to advantage."
A look at business negotiations, with an emphasis on working in international and multicultural contexts. Read full book review >
Reconstruction: First a Body, Then a Life by Ara Lucia Ashburne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
The Billion-Dollar Creative by David Margolis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 8, 2014

"A book of colorful tidbits to inspire creative thought."
In this debut business-advice book, a seasoned digital artist and entrepreneur offers his insights on fostering creativity. Read full book review >

WINNING THE LONG GAME by Steven Krupp
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"For the CEO, actual or aspiring, who hasn't yet lived and thought through strategic forecasting and problem-solving—no worse than most business books but nothing outside the box, either."
A nondescript business book advocating strategic thinking in a time of VUCA, militarese for "an environment of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity," coined to describe a post-Cold War world of known knowns, known unknowns and so forth. Read full book review >
AMERICA IN RETREAT by Bret Stephens
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A provocative, carefully reasoned argument, anathema to politicians as disparate as Barack Obama and Rand Paul."
In his first book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal surveys the tumultuous international scene and calls for America to do what great nations have always done: Lead.Read full book review >
MONEY MASTER THE GAME by Tony Robbins
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Great airplane reading on the way to that private island and sure to occasion a few adjustments in one's portfolio."
Robbins owns his own island. Why don't you? Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN DEPRESSION by James Grant
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A solid effort at portraying the muted spell that opened the Roaring '20s and at arguing for more trust in the self-healing properties of the business cycle."
Financial journalist Grant (Mr. Speaker! The Life and Times of Thomas B. Reed, the Man Who Broke the Filibuster, 2011) examines an economic trough that ended without government intervention.Read full book review >
A Practical Guide to Crafting your HR Strategy by Stephen M. Flynn
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Clissold's deep knowledge of Chinese culture and language informs this useful work."
A pragmatic application of good-sense peasant wisdom in negotiating big financial deals with the Chinese. Read full book review >
CITIZEN COKE by Bartow J. Elmore
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"A superb, quietly devastating environmental and business history."
An eye-opening account of the "unmatched ecological appetite" behind Coca-Cola's worldwide success. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >