Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 9)

NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"Both neophytes and experts will find something provocative and rewarding in this unfailingly interesting treatment."
Morris (Comeback: America's New Economic Boom, 2013, etc.) revisits history's greatest economic meltdown. Read full book review >
A GENERATION OF SOCIOPATHS by Bruce Cannon Gibney
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"'This is a deeply negative portrayal, but a certain negativity may be what's required.' Maybe so, but if this polemic makes wounded millennials feel better, it likely won't reach older ears, who may be more sympathetic than Gibney imagines."
A cri de coeur against baby boomers, who "unraveled the social fabric woven by previous generations in the interests of sheer selfishness." Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"A clearly written account of a widespread social malady that is sure to gain further attention in coming years."
How interactive technologies facilitate newly debilitating addictions. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 2017

"A solid, comprehensive book that outlines the world of insurance and its intricacies."
In this debut business book, Erkis draws on his decades of experience in actuarial work—as well as his experience as a consumer in the insurance market—to explain the ins and outs of buying and using different types of insurance. Read full book review >
THE COMPLACENT CLASS by Tyler Cowen
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A book that will undoubtedly stir discussion—as many of Cowen's books do—with readers divided about how they stand based on where they currently sit."
An influential economist seeks to persuade readers that American citizens have gotten overly complacent, that a crisis point is near, and that a widespread rebellion may alter the existing order. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Cottom does a good job of making the name 'Lower Ed' stick, and she makes a solid case for reviewing the entire system of higher education for openness of opportunity."
An informal sociological study of diploma mills and their often ripped-off discontents. Read full book review >
INVESTMENT ATLAS II by Kenneth Winans
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 22, 2017

"All investment books should be this compelling."
In his updated, comprehensive reference, Winans (Preferred Stocks, 2010, etc.) examines historical trends for today's smart investors. Read full book review >
BUDDHIST ECONOMICS by Clair Brown
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Brown's portrait of an ideal market is speculative in the ordinary sense of the word, but, even if likely to be dismissed by the financier class, it makes for an attractive prospectus."
In a Hobbesian marketplace full of predators and lambs, an economist offers a case for being a little nicer—and more mindful. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The book reads more like a Democrat's attack on Republicans, but many of the ills it illuminates are bipartisan."
A United States senator argues that "there is virtually no element of the political landscape into which corporate influence has not intruded." Read full book review >
THE KINGDOM OF HAPPINESS by Aimee Groth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"An intriguing business/sociological chronicle with wider implications for modern corporate practices."
An investigation into the social experiments at the corporate headquarters of Zappos that raises some important questions about entrepreneurship, business management methods, and human values. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A jargon-heavy, superficial primer on altered states tuned to a specific audience."
Two researchers survey the various ways that human beings alter their consciousness to improve performance. Read full book review >
UNCOPYABLE by Steve Miller
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 17, 2017

"An enjoyable and helpful guide to developing and selling a brand."
A marketing consultant shares brand differentiation strategies that resist imitation. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >