Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 6)

Released: Nov. 2, 2014

"Brennan's tell-it-like-it-is approach and unique perspective turn this financial book into an engaging read."
A seasoned financial journalist offers easy-to-follow tips for building wealth in his debut. Read full book review >
TOO BIG TO JAIL by Brandon L. Garrett
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Garrett combines groundbreaking research with clear writing and moral outrage."
Garrett (Law/Univ. of Virginia; Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong, 2011, etc.) presents research on criminal behavior by corporations in the United States and overseas. Read full book review >

SPEED LIMITS by Mark C. Taylor
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A timely accompaniment to James Gleick's Faster (1999), this is a stimulating cautionary report for the digital age."
A philosopher and cultural critic ponders the durability of our fast-tracked, multitasked modern world. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A hugely depressing deep dive into the cesspit of money and politics."
The executive director of the Progressive Policy Institute explains how "politicians, donors, and fundraisers" have distorted our politics. Read full book review >
BERKSHIRE BEYOND BUFFETT by Lawrence A. Cunningham
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Not exactly an independent point of view but one that will surely provoke much curiosity."
Cunningham (Business Law/George Washington Univ.; Contracts in the Real World: Stories of Popular Contracts and Why They Matter, 2012, etc.) discusses whether Berkshire Hathaway, the investment vehicle for billionaire Warren Buffett, will outlive the death of its founder and why.Read full book review >

THE SONIC BOOM by Joel Beckerman
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Interesting insight on the use of sound bites to merchandise products."
Man Made Music founder Beckerman, with the assistance of Gray (The Hit Charade: Lou Pearlman, Boy Bands, and the Biggest Ponzi Scheme in U.S. History, 2008), explains the use of sonic branding in advertising.Read full book review >
BAD PAPER by Jake Halpern
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Halpern brings unexpected literary heft to the world of debt collection."
An investigation of the bottom-feeding underworld of debt collecting and its disreputable cast of rip-off artists. Read full book review >
WINNERS DREAM by Bill McDermott
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An inspiring but somewhat familiar tale of success driven by salesmanship."
A memoir about the life and leadership methods McDermott, the recently appointed CEO of software giant SAP, employed to shape the trajectory of his career. Read full book review >
ROOKIE SMARTS by Liz Wiseman
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An exciting promotion of lifelong discovery and enthusiasm as answers to routine and business as usual."
Wiseman (co-author: The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools, 2014, etc.) provides a big boost for first-time employees and others who refuse to be bound by arbitrary limits.Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"A breezy, authoritative report on the formidable culture of '[c]elebrities as billboards for fashion.'"
Splashy critique of the celebrity sway over fashion. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 8, 2014

"Easy-to-read fable that makes a convincing case to develop a content marketing strategy."
A financial adviser/digital marketing guru uses a fictional story to demonstrate the importance of content marketing, or authority marketing, to attract customers and grow your business. Read full book review >
LOSING OUR WAY by Bob Herbert
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"In vivid anecdotes and moving portraits, Herbert humanizes the many problems he uncovers, and he clearly believes that Americans can, and will, band together to set the nation on a new course."
Former New York Times opinion columnist Herbert (Promises Betrayed: Waking Up from the American Dream, 2005) reports on his cross-country trip investigating the lives of the 99 percent. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >