Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 8)

FAILURE SUCKS! by Steven Bernstein
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 21, 2014

"A solid, if overly jargon-driven, look at the importance of providing strong customer service in business-to-business transactions."
A strategy guide for measuring, meeting and exceeding customer expectations.In this debut business book, Bernstein and Bozek guide readers through the process of turning business-to-business customer service (which they call "Customer Success") into a force for driving sales, revenue and reputation. Read full book review >
UNLEASHED by John I Akhile Sr.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 13, 2014

"A thorough and well-reasoned, if wordy, exploration of the possibilities for economic growth in Africa."
A comprehensive strategy for encouraging economic development in African nations. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"A forceful economics text that tells a damning tale of hubris."
In his debut, Greek journalist Papadogiannis argues that the triumph of economics as a science is a tragedy of human arrogance. Read full book review >
POWERS OF TWO by Joshua Wolf Shenk
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Shenk's inclusion of fascinating biographical material enlivens his provocative thesis on the genesis of creative innovation."
Shenk (Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness, 2005, etc.) debunks "the myth of the lone genius [that] has towered over us like a colossus" and its counterpart, "the most common alternative [that]…locates creativity in networks." Read full book review >
THE POWER OF NOTICING by Max Bazerman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"As with Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe and David Foster Wallace, Bazerman winningly recommends the exigent art of seeing—what is there, what isn't—with both skepticism and sensitivity."
Harvard Business School professor Bazerman (Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What's Right and What to Do About It, 2012, etc.) unspools the many benefits of widening our areas of focus, particularly when it comes to decision-making matters. Read full book review >

BUYING THE VOTE by Robert E. Mutch
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"An excellent discussion of election finance reform for policymakers and political watchers—though the audience may not include many general readers."
Independent legal scholar Mutch (Campaigns, Congress and Courts: The Making of Federal Campaign Finance Law, 1988) contends that the Citizens United (2010) Supreme Court ruling has reversed more than 100 years of electoral reform and overthrown long-accepted legal definitions of equality, democracy and free speech. Read full book review >
INDISPENSABLE AND OTHER MYTHS by Michael B. Dorff
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A provocative thesis couched in measured, scholarly language. Watch the editorial pages of Bloomberg News and the Wall Street Journal to see whether it catches on."
A carefully stated cri de guerre against "the current cult of leadership" that characterizes corporate culture—and leads to extraordinary paychecks.
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DRIVING HONDA by Jeffrey Rothfeder
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 31, 2014

"A case study of the methods required to revive manufacturing industries."
The story of one of the most innovative companies in the world: the automobile manufacturer that makes some of the best-selling and longest-lasting cars on the road. Read full book review >
STREET SMART SELLING by Daniel Milstein
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 21, 2014

"Conversational, easy to consume and well-packaged, with an infectious passion for selling that makes for an enjoyable, uplifting read."
A top salesman shares his success strategies in this compact, nicely crafted volume. Read full book review >
BRIDGING TO THE TRILLIONS MARKET by Mazlan Abang
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 21, 2014

"A slender but information-packed primer for those daring enough to enter the world's largest financial market."
A beginner's guide to the fast-paced world of currency trading. Read full book review >
THRIVE by Mark Barnes
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 19, 2014

"Read it on your commute to work; engineer an office takeover by lunch."
A field guide to the office jungle. Read full book review >
Lessons from a CEO's Journal by Kim E. Ruyle
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 17, 2014

"Best practices shared via a catchy narrative, making for an indispensable guide for leaders who want to play the game and win."
Talented people are the engines that power companies forward, argues human resources consultant Ruyle (FYI for Insight, 2010, etc.).While Ruyle's ideas on talent management aren't new, he conveys them in a novel way: The book takes the form of a fictionalized journal written by "Jack," an engineer-turned-businessman who just reaped a $70 million windfall from selling his stake in a composite parts manufacturing firm. 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 >