Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 8)

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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2014

"Essential for aspiring entrepreneurs, to say nothing of those looking for a view of how the modern, speed-of-light world came to be."
Richly detailed, swiftly moving work of modern business history, recounting a truly world-changing technology and the people who made it possible. Read full book review >
The Just Market by Jonathan Brandow
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 15, 2014

"An ingenious premise vigorously defended by scrupulous research."
A singular perspective on how modern-day capitalism could be improved with a dose of social consciousness from the ancient past. Read full book review >
THE ORDERLY CONVERSATION by Dale Ludwig
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 15, 2014

"A skillfully written, professionally designed guide that offers tips and strategies that should resonate with anyone in a business setting."
Two communication trainers attempt to redefine the concept of business presentations. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >