Business & Economics Book Reviews

COOL by Steven Quartz
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 14, 2015

"Some points are more provocative than convincing, but the authors put a lively spin on an age-old argument."
A counterintuitive analysis suggesting that consumers instinctively know more about the value of the signals they are sending than their critics do. Read full book review >
ONE NATION UNDER GOD by Kevin K. Kruse
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 7, 2015

"In a book for readers from both parties, Kruse ably demonstrates how the simple ornamental mottoes 'under God' and 'In God We Trust,' as well as the fight to define America as Christian, were parts of a clever business plan."
Kruse (History/Princeton Univ.; White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism, 2007, etc.) explains the links between capitalism and Christianity.Read full book review >

Simple Habits for Complex Times by Jennifer Garvey Berger
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 25, 2015

"Finely tuned and richly written. A welcome, insightful take on what it takes to be a highly competent leader."
Two leadership consultants offer an enlightened view of how leaders must adapt to the complexities of business. Read full book review >
THE MONOPOLISTS by Mary Pilon
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A fascinating, appealingly written history of an iconic American amusement."
In her debut, New York Times sports reporter Pilon deftly explores the origin of the Monopoly board game.Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"An eye-opening wake-up call for executives who want to take better care of themselves."
A management consultant based in Singapore lays out a comprehensive, multipronged approach to increasing one's leadership performance. Read full book review >

RETIRED BROKE by Randy Kirk
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Brief, common-sense survival tips for a more secure future."
A husband and wife offer their easy-to-read collection of practical suggestions for an affordable retirement. Read full book review >
THE SUMMIT by Ed Conway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"The scope of the subject matter is impressive, and the execution is outstanding.
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Sky News economics editor Conway (50 Economics Ideas You Really Need to Know, 2009) covers the inside story of what really happened during the 22 days of the conference at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in July 1944.Read full book review >
IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE by Robert J. Shiller
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A rare example of economic analysis, deeply respected within the discipline, wholly accessible to general readers."
With the wreckage still smoldering from the Great Recession, a Nobel Prize-winning economist once again revisits his 15-year-old, widely influential best-seller, which examined the nature of speculative bubbles. Read full book review >
WHEN GLOBALIZATION FAILS by James Macdonald
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Sturdy, scholarly, sharply focused, closely reasoned."
The tattered history of the notion that free, international trade ensures the permanence of peace and the disappearance of war. Read full book review >
THE PATIENT WILL SEE YOU NOW by Eric Topol
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An expertly detailed, precisely documented exploration of the 'power of information and individualization' in health care."
A visionary physician predicts a technology-driven, patient-centered revolution in health care. Read full book review >
FEELING SMART by Eyal Winter
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"No special knowledge of game theory or of economic theory is required to follow Winter's arguments, and his insights about human behavior range over a variety of areas: politics, religion, sex, marriage and art. A lively, accessible work."
A Humboldt Prize-winning Israeli scholar of behavioral economics advances the concept of rational emotions in a book filled with fascinating studies and personal anecdotes. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 17, 2014

"A thorough, though sometimes overly detailed, exploration of how cultural values affect negotiations across national boundaries and how to use that understanding to advantage."
A look at business negotiations, with an emphasis on working in international and multicultural contexts. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >