Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 5)

SHAKY GROUND by Bethany McLean
Released: Sept. 14, 2015

"Readers of this maddening, sharp report will rightly wonder why Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been allowed to survive and why we can't do better."
The housing sector is a house of cards. Read full book review >
Obama's Challenge to China by Chi Wang
Released: July 1, 2015

"An informative, persuasive look at the current state of Chinese-American relations."
Wang (The United States and China Since World War II, 2013, etc.) offers an analysis of Obama's China policy and the continuing points of contention in the Chinese-American relationship. Read full book review >

RAZZLE DAZZLE by Michael Riedel
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A captivating gift to theater lovers."
The riotous revival of Broadway. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Superb scholarship and a sprightly style recover an unaccountably overlooked life in our history."
A specialist in African-American history pieces together the remarkable career of an antebellum Wall Street broker who was married to a white woman, ambitious, ruthless, successful, and black: in short, "a racist's nightmare come to life." Read full book review >
Ad Nauseam by Jeff Koob
Released: March 26, 2015

"An illumination and critique of a commercial culture that distorts reality for gain.
In this brief but smoldering tract, a psychologist deconstructs contemporary advertising as psychologically perverse, endlessly manipulative, deceitful, and ubiquitous. Read full book review >

Clientelligence by Michael B. Rynowecer
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Deftly written and well-presented; principals of any service firm will appreciate this treasure trove of useful intelligence for business improvement."
An in-depth study of what it takes to develop and maintain superior relationships with clients. Read full book review >
SODA POLITICS by Marion Nestle
Released: Oct. 2, 2015

"A hard-hitting, exceedingly well-documented call for action."
Nestle (Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health/New York Univ.; Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics, 2012, etc.) calls for a campaign to regulate and tax the multibillion-dollar soda industry modeled on the successful anti-smoking campaign.Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Serious readers will delight in these pages."
An unusually rewarding meditation on how a wild mushroom can help us see the world's ruined condition after the advent of modern capitalism. Read full book review >
Released: June 22, 2015

"Ego aside, a highly pertinent, applicable how-to for business leaders."
An expert at business turnarounds shares his method for advancement. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2015

"A work that knowledgeably situates the pioneering of a nasty new style of politics."
A well-focused academic study of how the California agriculture business helped spur the conservative backlash against New Deal policies. Read full book review >
Dare To Be Your Own Boss by Maya Sullivan
Released: March 26, 2015

"Clearly and cogently written, a thought-provoking book that provides useful guidance to entrepreneurial risk takers as well as a treasure trove of potential business ideas."
This combination self-assessment and idea starter should spark the interest of anyone with entrepreneurial drive. Read full book review >
Your Cash Is Flowing by Kenneth M. Homza
Released: June 26, 2014

"A business how-to for some and a collection of helpful reminders for others; makes for an engaging light read."
A "fractional CFO" offers useful snippets of financial advice to small business owners. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >