Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 8)

ZERO TO ONE by Peter Thiel
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Forceful and pungent in its treatment of conventional orthodoxies—a solid starting point for readers thinking about building a business."
Legendary startup icon and venture capitalist Thiel and Masters reveal how they succeed with startups and why business school graduates most often do not. Read full book review >
CARBON SHOCK by Mark Schapiro
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"In this finely tuned study, Schapiro has some good news: Even the most fitful international negotiations admit that greenhouse gases come with a cost that must be paid."
Environmental journalist Schapiro (Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power, 2007) investigates the costs of our greenhouse-gas binge from new economic angles and new axes of geopolitical power. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"Closely reasoned, highly organized and logical—and stiffly challenging."
An editor for the Financial Times weighs in with a scholarly analysis of what caused the financial collapse of 2008 and provides suggestions to prevent a recurrence. Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF A VALUE INVESTOR by Guy Spier
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A wide-ranging journey in which money isn't everything, but it sure does seem to help."
Aquamarine Fund founder Spier, widely known for his shared victory in the 2007 auction of a lunch appointment with Warren Buffett, shows how the legendary investor from Omaha became an example, guide and mentor in his own journey to master the secrets of value investing. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >