Business & Economics Book Reviews

Released: Oct. 11, 2017

"A potent book that gives faces and voices to trends that are too often reduced to cold statistics and academic analyses."
A humanized illumination of the challenges facing developing countries as climate change accelerates the race to the bottom. Read full book review >
WTF? by Tim  O'Reilly
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"O'Reilly's vision is more Utopian than dystopian, even downright optimistic in a roundabout, creative-destruction sort of way. The positive outlook is refreshing and engaging."
A good-news, bad-news look at a world full of unicorns, robots, and wonder—the future, in other words, as seen by longtime innovation watcher O'Reilly. Read full book review >

REPLENISH by Sandra Postel
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An informative, purposeful argument about why we must accept the moral as well as practical responsibility of water stewardship."
Why well-functioning natural ecosystems—"watersheds, wetlands, floodplains, and river systems"—play as important a role in our economic infrastructure as dams, canals, and water treatment plants. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An impressive monograph by two scholars well-positioned to examine the impact of religion on secular life."
Two biblical scholars combine to dig into the actions and words of the billionaire Green family, founders of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A lively and informative treatment in which one man's rise and fall opens a window onto a long-overlooked historical landscape in all its finely drawn detail."
How discovering the truth about her banker grandfather enabled the author to unlock much that has been forgotten about the Great Depression era. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Heuristic advice and life-affirming direction form a gratifying combination in this motivational handbook."
How significant moments have the capacity to redirect our future endeavors. Read full book review >
REAL IMPACT by Morgan  Simon
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A cleareyed case for socially conscious investment, of much interest to those who want their dollars to do good."
Investment adviser Simon outlines the concept of impact investment, "the practice of investing not just for profit, but also for social benefit." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Wise, thoughtful, and valuable, this book will foster a new appreciation for effective leadership and prompt many readers to lament the lack of it in the world today."
The making of "five unforgettable leaders who lived, worked, struggled, and triumphed in different circumstances toward different ends." Read full book review >
AMERICANA by Bhu  Srinivasan
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A smart, accessible contribution to the nation's economic history."
A cavalcade of capitalism celebrating the machinery of wealth while cautioning that Americans "have also insisted upon their democratic right to curb its excesses." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Targeted both to donors with a desire to establish foundations and to development specialists, Fleishman's book also offers useful tips for fund-seekers."
Survey of changing patterns of and avenues for big-ticket charitable giving, with American generosity finding ever more effective vehicles for distribution. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An unvarnished, overlong account of the facts behind America's newfound oil dominance."
The "darker side" of North Dakota's "shale oil revolution." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"The author's humane proposal for economic reform, far from impractical, makes for provocative reading for development specialists."
A book to make Wall Street quake—if Wall Street paid attention to the developing world. 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 >