Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 5)

HOPE POINTS NORTH by Robert Douglas Spetta
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2014

"Spetta takes what could have been merely a quaint look back at the '60s and makes it into an unforgettable tale of enduring friendship."
In his second novel, Spetta (High Tide Low Moon Running, 2002) offers a charming, resonant coming-of-age adventure. Read full book review >
Manage It Right! by Carlos Zorea
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 12, 2014

"Tough-love business management advice that never loses sight of the big-picture economy."
A demanding road map for turning around a failing business. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 11, 2014

"'America needs strong banks,' writes Ivry. 'But banks need a strong America too.' To judge by this angry book, the denizens of Wall Street are doing all they can to obstruct this—and it's high time to return the favor."
A reporter for Bloomberg News, no enemy of capitalism, reads a fiduciary riot act to the bankers and hedge fund managers of the world. Read full book review >
FOLLOW THE MONEY by Thomas K Lamb
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 11, 2014

"A concise, coherent overview of financial basics."
A practical guide to building wealth and managing finances, aimed at beginning investors. Read full book review >
CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY by Thomas Piketty
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 10, 2014

"Essential reading for citizens of the here and now. Other economists should marvel at how that plain language can be put to work explaining the most complex of ideas, foremost among them the fact that economic inequality is at an all-time high—and is only bound to grow worse."
A French academic serves up a long, rigorous critique, dense with historical data, of American-style predatory capitalism—and offers remedies that Karl Marx might applaud. Read full book review >

THE NEXT AMERICA by Paul Taylor
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"An authoritative report and required reading for policymakers."
An incisive survey of vast recent changes in American society and the ever-wider generation gap between baby boomers and millennials. Read full book review >
MONEY by Felix Martin
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"Refreshingly free of jargon and long on ideas—including the thought that if it's money that got us into our current mess, it's money that can get us out of it."
What is money? If you think you know the answer, then you may not have thought hard enough about it, a problem that kings and commoners alike have shared throughout history. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"An important challenge to the naysayers on both sides of the political divide."
Emanuel (Medical Ethics and Health Policy/Univ. of Pennsylvania; Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family, 2013, etc.) views the Affordable Care Act as a success story. Read full book review >
The Smartest Sales Book You'll Ever Read by Daniel R. Solin
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 3, 2014

"Good counsel, solid and concise, and not just for selling."
The latest in lawyer and investment adviser Solin's (The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read, 2009) Smartest series, this one geared to improving sales. Read full book review >
GDP by Diane Coyle
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 23, 2014

"Coyle does good work explicating a topic that few understand, even if it affects each of us daily. A pleasure for facts-and-numbers geeks, though accessibly written and full of meaningful real-world examples."
It's inadequate and misleading, but it's the best we've got. No, not Congress—we're talking about gross domestic product, the measure that economists use to tell us how we're doing. Read full book review >
THE MEAT RACKET by Christopher Leonard
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"An authoritative look at a ruthlessly efficient system."
An engrossing report on the industrialized American meat business. Read full book review >
Looking Down On Leaders  by Iain J. Martin
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"An entertaining romp through corporate life that covers pithy truths in a sugar coating of funny, memorable anecdotes."
An executive coach by trade, Martin, in his debut, takes a look at the lighter side of leadership. 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 >