Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 5)

HIT MAKERS by Derek Thompson
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Good reading for anyone who aspires to understand the machinery of pop culture—and perhaps even craft a hit of his or her own."
How does a nice idea become an earworm, or a fashion trend, or—shudder—a meme? Atlantic senior editor Thompson ventures a few well-considered answers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"It's a story that requires lots of insider information of its own kind to write, and Kolhatkar handles the job well though without the narrative flair of Michael Lewis' kindred book Flash Boys."
A formulaic but still intriguing financial cops-and-robbers story. Read full book review >

THE GREAT BETRAYAL by Robert Calabro
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 2017

"A useful, if partial, sketch of an increasingly serious and topical fiscal issue."
A debut book offers a concise history and critique of American monetary policy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Easily digested research and personal stories in support of breast-feeding and its importance to mothers and their children."
Why breast-feeding is often frowned upon in the United States despite the well-documented health benefits for both mother and child. Read full book review >
FRAUD by Edward J. Balleisen
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A touch arid at times, but overall a fascinating, illuminating look at bunko and the social conditions under which its practitioners operate—and flourish."
A broad-ranging study of the big swindle in American life over the last couple of centuries. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Despite patches of gee-whiz formulaic prose ('the Airbnb marketplace had the most incredible structural momentum that many of the company's investors and executives had ever seen'), Stone's account is illuminating reading for the business-minded."
Celebratory biography of the upstart companies that regulators love to hate. Read full book review >
REFINERY TOWN by Steve Early
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A specific tale of governance at the local level that should appeal to labor activists and scholars of urban studies."
In Richmond, California, overlooking scenic San Francisco Bay, is a company town bankrolled by Chevron. A resident reports, in some detail, on his town's fraught governance. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Valuable reading for shoppers and retailers alike."
Blame it on the smartphone, the technology that is bringing internetlike tracking and surveillance into brick-and-mortar stores. Read full book review >
CULTURE AS WEAPON by Nato Thompson
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A precisely written critique of cultural manipulation in our daily lives."
How persuasive cultural mechanisms are encoded in broader social structures, from high art to war-planning. Read full book review >
CREATIVE CHANGE by Jennifer Mueller
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Solid reading for the business set though no substitute for books by Twyla Tharp, Daniel Dennett, and other creative thinkers."
Of innovation and its great enemy, inertia. Read full book review >
OUR BODIES, OUR DATA by Adam Tanner
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A thorough report, carefully researched and well-documented, aimed at both general readers and policymakers."
A disturbing look at the threat to privacy created by the lucrative and growing health care data-mining industry. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >