Business & Economics Book Reviews

Released: Feb. 15, 2018

"A spirited critique of what Russell Jacoby has called the 'culture of endless talk,' of a piece with Jackson Lears' Fables of Abundance (1995) and Rachel Maines' Hedonizing Technologies (2009)."
In war and its commercial counterpart, we have long lived inside a "culture of consultation." So writes Nation contributing editor Featherstone (Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Worker's Rights at Wal-Mart, 2004, etc.) in this intriguing look at the rise of the focus group. Read full book review >
HOW TO FIX THE FUTURE by Andrew Keen
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Valuable insights on preserving our humanity in a digital world."
A leading critic of the internet finds encouraging signs of reform. Read full book review >

BROTOPIA by Emily Chang
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A thorough, important examination of the often sleazy, male-dominated world of Silicon Valley."
An in-depth analysis of the tech-industry brotherhood. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A fresh, lightly written look at issues noteworthy for their complexity; just the book for the budding economist in the house."
Of economic growth and its discontents—and of new ways to gauge all of them. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A well-crafted, timely contribution to the immigration debate."
An eye-opening exploration of the DREAM Act and those who have tried to find safe harbor in the United States under its aegis. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A rich, complex book that makes splendid use of data to trace the recent renaissance of city neighborhoods and how children and the poor flourish in a time of relative peace."
A sociologist's account of the "stunning" decline in urban American violence in the past two decades. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Thoroughly depressing—but urgent, necessary reading, at least for those who aren't true believers in the Trumpite cause."
If there's such a genre as anti-hagiography, Johnston (The Making of Donald Trump, 2016, etc.) adds materially to it with this new polemic against the sitting president. Read full book review >
FIXING THE U.S. CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM by Paul Brakke
Released: Jan. 10, 2018

"A thorough and innovative look at a burgeoning national problem."
A book calls for the reform of the American criminal justice system. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Humans are makers, the author argues persuasively in this illuminating book, in need of renewed connection to the intelligence and ingenuity of craft."
Tracing human existence from prehistory on, a historian celebrates resourcefulness and skill. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"A deft, fair analysis that clarifies the issues for both the general public and concerned policymakers."
An examination of the pros and cons and the unknowns of the shale revolution, bringing much-needed light to the hot topic of fracking. Read full book review >
BIG MIND by Geoff  Mulgan
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"An essential primer on an important new discipline."
How thought happens on a large scale. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Mossfon remains a maze worthy of a Cretan palace, but Bernstein does first-rate work in providing a map to a scandal that has yet to unfold completely."
A searching look at the tangled, deeply buried financial network exposed by the publication of the so-called Panama Papers. 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 >