Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 5)

Released: March 20, 2018

"Programmers, social engineers, and management consultants are among the many audiences for this useful, thought-provoking book."
If it can be built, it can fall apart: a cautionary study in how complex systems can easily go awry. Read full book review >
NECESSARY EVIL by David Kinley
Released: March 1, 2018

"Aligning economic and human rights goals might be a pipe dream, but 'helping others as well as yourself' ought to be a no-brainer. Thoughtful reading for the humanitarian audience."
Can banks become a force for public good? They can, according to this provocatively argued book, if made to do so. Read full book review >

THE LEFT BEHIND by Robert Wuthnow
Released: March 1, 2018

"A superb, authoritative sociology book."
A leading sociologist examines the "moral outrage" of rural America. Read full book review >
FAIR SHOT by Chris Hughes
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Hughes makes a strong case for redistribution of wealth, though the memoir elements of the book are more compelling than the economic analysis."
A co-founder of Facebook draws from personal experience to propose a guaranteed income for working people. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A concrete and practical, if sometimes-repetitive, guide to the stock market for the beginner."
A neophyte investor shares his experiences and insights as he learns to navigate the world of financial investment by using a fantasy portfolio. Read full book review >

Released: March 20, 2018

"A lively and illuminating revisionist history."
A search for profits and new markets spurred England's exploration of North America. Read full book review >
3 KINGS by Zack O'Malley Greenburg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A wide-ranging survey of the first four decades of hip-hop that vividly brings some of the culture's biggest success stories into one place."
A reported history of the business and businesses of hip-hop. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2018

"Replete with charts and lengthy appendices, this academic study is often dry, but it is also a remarkably important trove of new information for specialists and anyone else interested in the forces at work in modern politics."
How American corporations are recruiting employees into politics. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"In a book whose conclusions will be debated, Kennedy rightly suggests that quality journalism is not only salvageable, but necessary."
A veteran media critic finds signs of hope as civic-minded billionaires do their best to revive newspapers. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A well-crafted, timely contribution to the immigration debate."
An eye-opening exploration of the DREAM Act and those who have tried to find safe harbor in the United States under its aegis. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A distressing account of algorithms run amok."
How Google and other search engines represent marginalized people in "erroneous, stereotypical, or even pornographic ways." Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An unnerving yet plausible portrait of a future in which 'finance capitalism will be as old-fashioned as Flower Power.'"
Another entry in the rapidly growing literature about how big data will soon transform capitalism as we know it. 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 >