Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 8)

THE END OF AVERAGE by Todd Rose
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"An intriguing view into the evolution and imperfections of our current system but lacking a clear path toward implementing the proposed principles of individuality."
Rose (Director, Mind, Brain, and Education Program/Harvard Univ.; Square Peg: My Story and What it Means for Raising Innovators, Visionaries, and Out-of-the-Box Thinkers, 2013) rejects the faulty benchmark of average and advocates for principles of individuality in schools and businesses. Read full book review >
DARK MONEY by Jane Mayer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A valuable contribution to the study of modern electoral politics in an age that Theodore White, and perhaps even Hunter S. Thompson, would not recognize."
A careful exposé of the libertarian agenda, spearheaded by the Koch brothers, to "impose their minority views on the majority by other means." Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"The author's scholarly work is certain to be shelved in law libraries and become required reading for politicians. However, the book is deeply geared toward legal minds and may frustrate general readers."
Hasen (Law and Political Science/Univ. of California, Irvine; The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown, 2012, etc.) examines the always-contentious issue of campaign finance.Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 6, 2016

"An invaluable handbook to surviving, thriving, and controlling one's image online."
A comprehensive guide to managing one's Web presence. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A somewhat superficial yet entertaining romp."
Where to find innovators. Read full book review >

A CRUDE LOOK AT THE WHOLE by John H. Miller
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A valuable companion to confusion, though it's not without a few tangles of its own."
The world is complicated and getting more so. Or, as Miller (Economics and Social Sciences/Carnegie Mellon Univ.; co-author: Complex Adaptive Systems, 2007) puts it, more cheerfully, "complexity abounds."Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A well-styled, illuminating startup guide."
The founder of MissNowMrs.com shares her insights on building and sustaining a successful business in this debut entrepreneurship book. Read full book review >
Watch that Rat Hole by Kenneth D. Campbell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2016

"A highly detailed collection of insider insights into a complex investment vehicle."
Debut author Campbell shares his journey as journalist and adviser covering the real estate investment trust market in this financial history and memoir. Read full book review >
BLOOD OIL by Leif Wenar
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 2, 2016

"A fascinating reframing of large and vexing questions. Highly recommended for policymakers and energy strategists as well as students of contemporary philosophy."
A provocative examination of natural resources, their extraction, and their control. Read full book review >
PRESENCE by Amy Cuddy
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 22, 2015

"An uneven book studded with genuine insights that public speakers will find useful."
An examination of the psychological and physiological mechanics that spark the precious, transitory sense of presence. Read full book review >
The Making of a CEO by Oswald R. Viva
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 17, 2015

"An intentionally broad, somewhat cursory survival manual for beginning CEOs."
A management consultant offers a coaching session for small-business owners. Read full book review >
The Casual Mentor by Hank Hoppin
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 14, 2015

"A worthy book about building closer relationships between management and frontline staff through casual mentoring."
Hoppin argues that informal mentoring programs are far more effective than organized, human resources-mandated workplace systems. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >