Business & Economics Book Reviews

Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A distressing account of algorithms run amok."
How Google and other search engines represent marginalized people in "erroneous, stereotypical, or even pornographic ways." Read full book review >
FAIR SHOT by Chris Hughes
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Hughes makes a strong case for redistribution of wealth, though the memoir elements of the book are more compelling than the economic analysis."
A co-founder of Facebook draws from personal experience to propose a guaranteed income for working people. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Easterbrook's assurances, however well-based, will ring hollow for many, but it's an argument worth considering."
Cheer up, world: we're killing each other less, except in our cars, and living in a boom. Thus this contrarian pep talk by longtime Atlantic contributor Easterbrook (The Game's Not Over: In Defense of Football, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"We are all implicated in the world of the giant factory, but students of economic history and geopolitics in particular will find much of value here."
Wide-ranging study of the world's factories over the last three centuries. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Maddening for those who care about matters constitutional and an important document in the ongoing struggle to undo Citizens United."
A chronicle of the steady, willful process by which corporations became people—until, that is, you try to sue them. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An unnerving yet plausible portrait of a future in which 'finance capitalism will be as old-fashioned as Flower Power.'"
Another entry in the rapidly growing literature about how big data will soon transform capitalism as we know it. Read full book review >
THE COMMON GOOD by Robert B. Reich
Released: Feb. 28, 2018

"Idealistic and stronger in description than prescription, but a provocative essay nonetheless."
Reich (Public Policy/Univ. of California; Saving Capitalism, 2015, etc.) takes a note from Adam Smith and runs with it in this spirited defense of the public sphere. Read full book review >
NECESSARY EVIL by David Kinley
Released: March 1, 2018

"Aligning economic and human rights goals might be a pipe dream, but 'helping others as well as yourself' ought to be a no-brainer. Thoughtful reading for the humanitarian audience."
Can banks become a force for public good? They can, according to this provocatively argued book, if made to do so. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2018

"Replete with charts and lengthy appendices, this academic study is often dry, but it is also a remarkably important trove of new information for specialists and anyone else interested in the forces at work in modern politics."
How American corporations are recruiting employees into politics. Read full book review >
THE LEFT BEHIND by Robert Wuthnow
Released: March 1, 2018

"A superb, authoritative sociology book."
A leading sociologist examines the "moral outrage" of rural America. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"In a book whose conclusions will be debated, Kennedy rightly suggests that quality journalism is not only salvageable, but necessary."
A veteran media critic finds signs of hope as civic-minded billionaires do their best to revive newspapers. 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 >