Business & Economics Book Reviews

Released: May 15, 2018

"An entertaining, intertwined tale of triumph, hubris, and Manifest Destiny in the city of angels."
The birth of modern-day Los Angeles viewed through the prism of three of its most ardent advocates. Read full book review >
BULLSHIT JOBS by David Graeber
Released: May 15, 2018

"Overlong, but the book offers comfort to those who are performing the white-collar version of burger-flipping and hating every minute of it."
Forget Piketty or Marx. Graeber (Anthropology/London School of Economics; The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy, 2015, etc.) is calling bullshit when it comes to the wage-slave economy. Read full book review >

THE ART OF GATHERING by Priya Parker
Released: May 15, 2018

"Useful to those whose job it is to plan meetings, conferences, and the like and a worthy survival manual for consumers of the same."
Wherever two or more of you gather, you're probably doing it wrong. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2018

"A well-reported, optimistic portrait of America's future."
An illuminating trip through "parts of the country generally missed by the media spotlight." Read full book review >
Released: May 3, 2018

"Whether China succeeds is, of course, for the future to tell. That it has emerged so rapidly as the region's superpower, though, makes this brief study particularly timely."
Illuminating study of China's ambitious efforts to extend its influence in Southeast Asia by means of a high-speed rail system. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Illuminating and useful."
A distinguished business diversity expert advises women of color on how to move up the corporate ladder. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN'S EMBROIDERER by Joan DeJean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Of interest for students of French history or the history of finance, if they can tie it all together."
The tale of two 17th- and 18th-century French families, a story that begins as a fairy tale and ends as a nightmare. Read full book review >
COLLUSION by Nomi Prins
Released: May 1, 2018

"A somber, important warning that's likely to cause readers to wonder about the safety of their assets, if not fear for the near-term future."
Wall Street executive Prins (All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power, 2014, etc.) delivers a sharp-edged critique of the hegemony of central banks over the world's economies. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"A carefully assembled, thorough book that should be required reading for corporate leaders."
Former Secretary of State Rice (Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom, 2017, etc.) and Zegart (Eyes on Spies: Congress and the United States Intelligence Community, 2011, etc.), both Stanford political scientists, describe how political risk can affect businesses—and what to do about it. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"Timely, given the resurgence of a protectionist, closed-door trade policy and all its likely negative consequences—but not a book for the faint of heart or the short of attention span."
Densely detailed study of trade agreements across the span of American history, written by a former U.S. trade representative. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"A fresh rethinking of a crucial process in today's world."
A self-help business book that challenges conventional wisdom about networking. Read full book review >
KICKS by Nicholas Smith
Released: May 1, 2018

"A cornucopia of factoids and fun asides bursting with a wealth of in-depth information on every aspect of sneakers, from their birth to their current and continuing explosive popularity."
In his first book, journalist Smith follows his fascination, sprinting through the evolution of the planet's hippest, most popular footwear, a history that goes way beyond sports and into the streets of the youth culture. 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 >