Business & Economics Book Reviews

RENDEZVOUS WITH OBLIVION by Thomas Frank
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 19, 2018

"Flaws aside, the book is worth perusing, primarily for its keen analysis of why the Democrats have come up short in recent election cycles. The party's powers that be would be wise to read up."
A liberal commentator offers his scathing take on contemporary American politics and culture. Read full book review >
SQUEEZED by Alissa Quart
Released: June 26, 2018

"Well-written, wide-ranging, and vital to understanding American life today."
Fighting to stay in the middle class. Read full book review >

GUARDIANSHIPS AND THE ELDERLY by Sam Sugar
Released: July 1, 2018

"A potent, important call to action for those preparing to assume or actively involved in the estate caretaking of an incapacitated loved one."
A powerful voice in senior advocacy sounds the alarm on the guardianship industry's gross abuses. Read full book review >
Released: July 2, 2018

"Good legislative history but a muddled and unconvincing argument about a cause of middle-class financial woes."
An inquiry into expenses associated with consumer borrowing. Read full book review >
Released: July 3, 2018

"Solid reading for students of economic development and global economics."
A report from the front lines of inequality and corruption in India, one of the world's rising economies. Read full book review >

Released: July 4, 2018

"For the monetarily geeky crowd as well as anyone curious about how blockchain technologies function in the real world."
"Blockchain" is a buzzword much in the news these days, but most of us have only a hazy idea of what it means. This book comes as a useful corrective. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2018

"A lucid, step-by-step guide to personal and professional success—with vichyssoise mixed in."
A book combines a personal guide and business manual with a culinary story. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2018

"The world of data as illuminated here would have scared George Orwell."
The former Secretary of Homeland Security surveys the brave new world of data collection and analysis and finds that both the legal system and international relations have yet to keep pace with technology. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2018

"A useful primer on a highly contentious topic."
A journalist who focuses on economic policy explores the idea of reducing poverty through recurring government payments to every adult citizen. Read full book review >
BARONS OF THE SEA by Steven Ujifusa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"A vivid account of larger-than-life if not always attractive characters and a technological marvel that briefly captivated the Victorian world."
Fifty years before the robber barons, immense fortunes in the young United States flowed to great shipping firms, a brutal, sometimes lucrative, and technologically creative enterprise brilliantly chronicled by naval historian Ujifusa (A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S.S. United States, 2012). Read full book review >
Released: July 17, 2018

"Americans readers should look past the Britishness of the text to find a deliciously insightful, mildly skeptical analysis of internet data manipulation."
Further frighteningly convincing research about the data infiltrating our lives. Read full book review >
WHO WILL SPEAK FOR AMERICA? by Stephanie Feldman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 27, 2018

"A heartfelt and thoughtful collection."
Feldman (The Angel of Losses, 2014) and Popkin (Everything Is Borrowed, 2018, etc.) gather a medley of diverse voices to reflect on politics, society, and culture in contemporary America. 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 >