Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 6)

WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS by Edward D. Kleinbard
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Turning Adam Smith against the hypocrisy of free-marketeers is not the least of the strengths of this solid treatment of a potentially existential issue."
Kleinbard (Law and Business/Univ. of Southern California) orchestrates an encyclopedic, and sometimes eye-opening, introduction to the American tax system's mysteries and secrets, including subsidies and handouts and its relation to the budget process and the economy. Read full book review >
THE SOCIAL LIFE OF MONEY by Nigel Dodd
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 28, 2014

"An exhaustive analysis of money as a complex social process—not a thing—that will appeal to scholars in many fields."
A sociologist takes a broad new view of the nature, value and history of money. Read full book review >

HOW GOOGLE WORKS by Eric Schmidt
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"An informative and creatively multilayered Google guidebook from the businessman's perspective."
Two distinguished technology executives share the methodology behind what made Google a global business leader. Read full book review >
THE AFRICAN PROJECT MANAGER by H. 'Tomi Davies
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 19, 2014

"A well-written handbook that provides an overview of management basics and may prove a useful tool for project managers preparing to work in African countries."
A clear, concise overview of project management best practices, with a particular focus on what leads to project success in Africa. Read full book review >
ZERO TO ONE by Peter Thiel
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Forceful and pungent in its treatment of conventional orthodoxies—a solid starting point for readers thinking about building a business."
Legendary startup icon and venture capitalist Thiel and Masters reveal how they succeed with startups and why business school graduates most often do not. Read full book review >

CARBON SHOCK by Mark Schapiro
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"In this finely tuned study, Schapiro has some good news: Even the most fitful international negotiations admit that greenhouse gases come with a cost that must be paid."
Environmental journalist Schapiro (Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power, 2007) investigates the costs of our greenhouse-gas binge from new economic angles and new axes of geopolitical power. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"Closely reasoned, highly organized and logical—and stiffly challenging."
An editor for the Financial Times weighs in with a scholarly analysis of what caused the financial collapse of 2008 and provides suggestions to prevent a recurrence. Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF A VALUE INVESTOR by Guy Spier
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A wide-ranging journey in which money isn't everything, but it sure does seem to help."
Aquamarine Fund founder Spier, widely known for his shared victory in the 2007 auction of a lunch appointment with Warren Buffett, shows how the legendary investor from Omaha became an example, guide and mentor in his own journey to master the secrets of value investing. Read full book review >
THE VIRGIN WAY by Richard Branson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Mostly entertaining autobiography beats out the usual business textbook approach."
Virgin Group founder Branson (Screw Business As Usual, 2011, etc.) reveals the methods that have helped him build his unconventional multibillion-dollar business empire. Read full book review >
THE END OF NORMAL by James K. Galbraith
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A cleareyed, if dismaying analysis of the new normal, 'a qualitatively different form of capitalism' for the 21st century."
A renowned economist argues that the days of easy growth and full employment are over. Read full book review >
THE FUTURE, DECLASSIFIED by Mathew Burrows
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Burrows is an acute observer, but almost all important events in history are spectacularly unexpected. Although this is no news to readers of Nassim Nicholas Taleb's The Black Swan (2007), writers continue to deliver predictions, and this is a fine example of the genre."
As a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and current director of the Atlantic Council's Strategic Foresight Initiative, Burrows is well-qualified to speculate on the future, as he does in this stimulating series of essays. Read full book review >
THE IMPULSE SOCIETY by Paul Roberts
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"More worthy of shelving alongside Allan Bloom than Ann Coulter, though still on the pop sociology side of things."
A book that pegs contemporary American society and politics for what they are: species of infantile disorder, demanding attention (and sweets) now. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >