Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 7)

100% Commission Brokerage and Death of the Big Box Realty by Aram Shah
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 16, 2015

"A concise, informative real estate business handbook."
A real estate broker uses his experience as a guide for others who are interested in starting a high-volume business. Read full book review >
ONCE IN A GREAT CITY by David Maraniss
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An illuminating history of a golden era in a city desperately seeking to reclaim the glory."
Hot times in a raucous city. Read full book review >

A STRANGE BUSINESS by James Hamilton
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A fascinating, consistently entertaining exploration into the exploding business of 19th-century art."
A noted historian weaves a brilliantly colorful tapestry. Read full book review >
SHAKY GROUND by Bethany McLean
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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 >
WEALTH, POVERTY AND POLITICS by Thomas Sowell
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"While Sowell offers no pat solutions, his implied argument that cultural considerations must inform any serious attempt at improving the economic prospects of an underperforming nation or group merits serious consideration."
A provocative analysis of the universal causes of economic success and failure. Read full book review >

FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD by Elmira Bayrasli
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A sharp, thought-provoking study."
A foreign policy/business expert examines how entrepreneurs in developing countries are revolutionizing "business, investment, economics, politics, and society." Read full book review >
Sales Intelligence by Timo T. Aijo
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 7, 2015

"Jam-packed with interesting ideas and appealing stories, Aijo's book is a highly useful reference for new salespeople and sales managers."
Sales veteran Aijo explains how intelligence—"both in information and smarts"—is a crucial tool for salespeople at all levels. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE IN AUSTIN by Javier Auyero
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A scholarly study conducted with dignity and thoroughness."
A sociological study focusing on the experiences of 11 characters toiling in the underbelly of a vibrant American city. Read full book review >
WHY WE WORK by Barry Schwartz
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A call, in a few pointed words, for an expanded, genuine work ethic."
Schwartz (Psychology/Swarthmore Coll.; The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, 2003, etc.) begs to differ with Adam Smith—it's not simply wages that keep people working.Read full book review >
$2.00 A DAY by Kathryn J. Edin
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An eye-opening account of the lives ensnared in the new poverty cycle."
An analysis of the growing portion of American poor who live on an average of $2 per day. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Useful for anyone with a horse in the race regarding law enforcement—in other words, most American citizens."
A handbook for making sense of America's approach to crime and incarceration and its effect on communities across the country. Read full book review >
LIGHTING THE WORLD by Jim Rogers
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A passionate, but not ideological, argument that offers a practical approach to solving real problems."
The former chairman, president, and CEO of Duke Energy, the largest electric power company in the United States, argues that access to clean, sustainable electricity should be a basic human right. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >