Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 7)

PLAYING AGAINST THE HOUSE by James D. Walsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Walsh knows he's operating in 'a gray area of journalistic ethics,' and readers can decide whether he emerges on the right side."
A journalist navigates ethically tricky terrain as he helps attempt to organize union representation in Miami casinos. Read full book review >
Corporate Prisoner by J. Paul Kingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 2016

"Dramatic testimony and useful guidance about the art and anguish of career management."
A former bank vice president shares his corporate travails, his transition to self-employment, and general business advice in this debut memoir and self-help guide. Read full book review >

POSTCAPITALISM by Paul Mason
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A radical diagnosis and a bold prognostication bound to energize progressives."
Capitalism, writes a British journalist/broadcaster, verges now on self-destruction, and he forecasts an economic future quite unlike any we've known. Read full book review >
THE POWER AND INDEPENDENCE OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE by Peter Conti-Brown
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Generalists will appreciate Conti-Brown's gentle hand-holding, and specialists will argue over his analytical slant that dispenses with a narrow and legalistic view of what the Fed's all about."
An examination of the origins, evolution, structures, and functions of the American government's most opaque institution. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL by Jack Viertel
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An enlightening trip for lovers of musicals."
From overture to final curtain, a close look at how musicals work. Read full book review >

FORKED by Saru Jayaraman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A revealing exposé of the realities of restaurant work that makes a strong case for reform."
How diners can act on their ethical concerns each time they eat out. Read full book review >
ORIGINALS by Adam Grant
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A mixed bag but of interest to readers looking to jump-start their creative powers and raise quick-witted children."
A blend of old and new—and sometimes original—informs this pop-science piece on creativity and its discontents. Read full book review >
THE FUTURE WE WANT by Sarah Leonard
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Piquant, irksome, challenging, head-turning, maddening—a collection that successfully endeavors to get your blood pumping."
Leftist considerations of a number of contemporary sociopolitical issues, edited by Nation senior editor Leonard and Jacobin founding editor Sunkara.Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A passionate discussion of race and politics sure to inspire heated debate and, hopefully, proactive solutions."
An activist treatise on how shifting American demographics are changing the political climate. Read full book review >
THE INDUSTRIES OF THE FUTURE by Alec Ross
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Discerning insights on approaching changes to our economic and social landscapes and solid advice on how we should navigate them."
From the former Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a survey of technologies that will dominate the global economy in the coming decades. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Optimistic and full of good intentions: a book for green-money investors and consumers bent on putting their money to work in positive ways."
A new specter of capitalism looms, portending an era of social responsibility instead of Gilded Age greed. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Fiscal-policy wonks will find this look at the financial system illuminating, though ordinary investors and civilians will find it daunting."
The chair of Barack Obama's Global Development Council warns that the economy is bound for more bumpiness, stress, and course-altering ahead, "potentially quite suddenly." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >