Business & Economics Book Reviews

SHAKY GROUND by Bethany McLean
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 14, 2015

"Readers of this maddening, sharp report will rightly wonder why Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been allowed to survive and why we can't do better."
The housing sector is a house of cards. Read full book review >
ONCE IN A GREAT CITY by David Maraniss
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An illuminating history of a golden era in a city desperately seeking to reclaim the glory."
Hot times in a raucous city. Read full book review >

A STRANGE BUSINESS by James Hamilton
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A fascinating, consistently entertaining exploration into the exploding business of 19th-century art."
A noted historian weaves a brilliantly colorful tapestry. Read full book review >
CAR WARS by John J. Fialka
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"An inspiring industrial comeback story infused with possibility."
An update on how the electric car is poised to emerge as the preferred, climate-friendly transportation of the future. Read full book review >
OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY by John Kay
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Sobering and lucid. If you're moved to keep your money in a sock after reading this, you'd have cause."
All's not well in the counting house, nor in a capitalist system grown increasingly unequal and corrosive. Read full book review >

NEW OLD WORLD by Pallavi Aiyar
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Fresh insight into how Europeans might learn valuable lessons from developing countries."
A longing for harmony and an embrace of multiculturalism mark this foreign correspondent's examination of the European situation as seen from Brussels. Read full book review >
UNFINISHED BUSINESS by Anne-Marie Slaughter
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Informative guidance on how men and women can come together in the workforce and at home."
One woman's vision on how to create gender equality for men and women. Read full book review >
SAVING CAPITALISM by Robert B. Reich
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Reich's overriding message is that we don't have to put up with things as they are. It's a useful and necessary one, if not likely to sway the powers that be to become more generous of their own volition."
An accessible examination of how the "apparent arbitrariness and unfairness of the economy [has] undermined the public's faith in its basic tenets." Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Serious readers will delight in these pages."
An unusually rewarding meditation on how a wild mushroom can help us see the world's ruined condition after the advent of modern capitalism. Read full book review >
SODA POLITICS by Marion Nestle
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 2, 2015

"A hard-hitting, exceedingly well-documented call for action."
Nestle (Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health/New York Univ.; Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics, 2012, etc.) calls for a campaign to regulate and tax the multibillion-dollar soda industry modeled on the successful anti-smoking campaign.Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An effective amalgam of satire and practicality, McCammon's functional playbook takes the guesswork and much of the mystery out of job searches and appropriate office etiquette."
A handy how-to guide on cultivating and applying today's most useful business skills. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF ASPIRATION by Dilip Hiro
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"As comprehensive and knowledgeable as Hiro's earlier Inside India Today (1977; reissued 2013)."
An insider's economic report on the perils and scandals of India's precipitous drive into a market economy over the last decades. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >