Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 5)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"Rising from the text is a miasma of corporate and political malfeasance and immorality that mocks the platitudes of democracy."
Rolling Stone journalist Taibbi (Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America, 2010, etc.) once again rakes from the muck some most malodorous information about inequality in America. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"Corporate history with enough drama for a movie."
Business history that will satisfy anyone captivated by Silicon Valley. Read full book review >

AMERICA'S FISCAL CONSTITUTION by Bill White
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 2014

"Reading between the lines, White is recommending much more—and therein lies controversy, especially when it comes to military spending. A book that deserves much attention."
Looking to beat up on George W. Bush some more? There's plenty of ammunition in this chronicle of the collapse of federal fiscal discipline during the previous administration. Read full book review >
DIVIDED by David Cay Johnston
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 2014

"A potent chronicle of America's 'extreme inequality, the worst by far of any nation with a modern economy.'"
Investigative reporter Johnston (The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind, 2012, etc.) collects together writings from forty authors representing many different fields of endeavor to present a multifaceted picture of inequality. Read full book review >
FLASH BOYS by Michael Lewis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 31, 2014

"If you've ever had the feeling that the system is out for itself at your expense, well, look no further. A riveting, maddening yarn that is causing quite a stir already, including calls for regulatory reform."
In trademark Lewis (Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, 2011, etc.) fashion, a data-rich but all-too-human tale of "heuristic data bullshit and other mumbo jumbo" in the service of gaming the financial system, courtesy of—yes, Goldman Sachs and company. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >