Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 7)

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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Alexander's over-the-top advocacy of Jackson's prowess and sour attacks on everyone else detract from an otherwise thoughtful analysis of the general's tactical insights."
A highly partisan review of the career of an outstanding Confederate commander. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Top-shelf instruction on the mechanics of the medical economy.
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Surgeon Ruggieri (Confessions of a Surgeon: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated…Life Behind the O.R. Doors, 2012) tutors readers on the economic forces that make the surgical theater tick.
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MAKING CONFLICT WORK by Peter T. Coleman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A useful guide to developing capabilities for dealing with many sorts of conflict. Good reading for human resource managers."
A practical guide intended to aid in the alleviation of everyday workplace conflicts. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A valuable contribution to an ongoing debate, with arguments and resources for specialists and general readers."
Bloomberg Businessweek contributing economics editor Farrell (The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More and Live Better, 2009, etc.) debunks fear-ridden arguments about the graying of America leading to demographic catastrophes that will overwhelm Social Security. Read full book review >
THE SMARTPHONE by Elizabeth Woyke
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A smartphone full monty that will appeal mostly to the device's users—all 1.75 billion of them."
An intricate dissection of the smartphone from technology reporter Woyke. Read full book review >
WHAT WOMEN WANT by Deborah L. Rhode
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Despite the presumptuous title, this is a serious analysis, designed to inform and to provoke discussion and action."
A thoroughly researched examination of the progress women in the United States have made toward gender equality and of the problems that still must be addressed. Read full book review >
WILD IDEA by Dan O’Brien
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"There may be plenty of disappointments out on the Plains, but this book is not one of them."
South Dakota novelist and memoirist O'Brien (The Indian Agent, 2004, etc.) delivers a bracing portrait of the pleasures—and considerable pains—of ranch life on the lone prairie. Read full book review >
ECONOMICS by Ha-Joon Chang
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Economics for the 99 percent who don't know moral hazard from opportunity cost: lively, intelligent and readily accessible."
The dismal science rendered undismally, even spryly, by economist Chang (Economics/Cambridge Univ.; 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >