Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 9)

THE SLUMS OF PALO ALTO by Mark L Fussell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2014

"A pleasure from start to finish and evidence that really smart people often have a lot of luck."
A California Institute of Technology alumnus too smart to be unemployed, Fussell (Hello World!, 2014) finds happiness through failure in this lighthearted, contemporary memoir. Read full book review >
WALTER LIPPMANN by Craufurd D. Goodwin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Opening up new perspectives on past political debates, Goodwin delivers a finely limned portrait of a man whose career was based on standards and purposes that seem to have largely disappeared from public life."
An insightful biography of esteemed journalist and philosopher Walter Lippmann (1889-1974). Read full book review >

WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS by Edward D. Kleinbard
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Turning Adam Smith against the hypocrisy of free-marketeers is not the least of the strengths of this solid treatment of a potentially existential issue."
Kleinbard (Law and Business/Univ. of Southern California) orchestrates an encyclopedic, and sometimes eye-opening, introduction to the American tax system's mysteries and secrets, including subsidies and handouts and its relation to the budget process and the economy. Read full book review >
THE SOCIAL LIFE OF MONEY by Nigel Dodd
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 28, 2014

"An exhaustive analysis of money as a complex social process—not a thing—that will appeal to scholars in many fields."
A sociologist takes a broad new view of the nature, value and history of money. Read full book review >
START-UP! by Jim Lewis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 25, 2014

"An informative business guide by an author with substantial experience, written in a style that will put off some readers, but win over many others."
A veteran entrepreneur shares his insights into starting and building a business. Read full book review >

HOW GOOGLE WORKS by Eric Schmidt
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"An informative and creatively multilayered Google guidebook from the businessman's perspective."
Two distinguished technology executives share the methodology behind what made Google a global business leader. Read full book review >
THE AFRICAN PROJECT MANAGER by H. 'Tomi Davies
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 19, 2014

"A well-written handbook that provides an overview of management basics and may prove a useful tool for project managers preparing to work in African countries."
A clear, concise overview of project management best practices, with a particular focus on what leads to project success in Africa. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >