Business & Economics Book Reviews

DETROIT HUSTLE by Amy Haimerl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"An engaging and cautiously optimistic memoir of making a new life."
A journalist's account of how and why she took a chance on a new life and home-rehabilitation project in the down-and-out city of Detroit. Read full book review >
THE FIGHT FOR FIFTEEN by David Rolf
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 12, 2016

"A savvy inside look at the social movement challenging decades of stark economic decline."
An expert exploration of a provocative blueprint for rescuing the American middle class through the creation of a new living wage. Read full book review >

PEAK by Anders Ericsson
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"Especially informative for parents and educators in preparing children for the challenges ahead."
Challenging the notion that talent is innate. Read full book review >
INEQUALITY by James K. Galbraith
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 10, 2016

"An arguable thesis, perhaps, but an evenhanded view of a topic generating much heat."
Economist Galbraith (Univ. of Texas; The End of Normal: The Great Crisis and the Future of Growth, 2014, etc.) ventures an anti-Pikettian view of the sharply divisive fact that not all wallets are created equal. Read full book review >
Break Through to Yes by David B. Savage
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 22, 2016

"A valuable volume for the senior leader of any group, business, or organization who wants to build a collaborative culture."
A book thoroughly examines the power of successful collaborations. Read full book review >

RESKILLING AMERICA by Katherine S. Newman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 19, 2016

"A top-notch, highly accessible contribution to the business and popular economics literature."
Now that the tide of outsourcing employment has begun to turn, the time has come to think about how to reverse chronic unemployment among youth in the United States. Read full book review >
THE GRAY RHINO by Michele Wucker
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"A valuable guide for individuals and policymakers who want to act when they see the lights of an oncoming train."
An analysis of "highly obvious but ignored threats"—from failing infrastructure to financial crises to climate change—and what can be done to prevent disastrous outcomes. Read full book review >
JUNK by Alison Stewart
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 2016

"Absorbing and enjoyably compelling research on the packrat conundrum in our society."
Quirky, immersive report on the "who, what, where, when, and why of junk." Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"Sprawling and sometimes unruly, Geissinger's narrative still offers a perceptive early look at the volatile present and seemingly inevitable future of 'crypto-currency.'"
Enthusiastic overview of the "virtual currency" known as Bitcoin, focused on its complex technology and the outsized personalities who have advanced it. Read full book review >
CALLINGS by Dave Isay
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 19, 2016

"Inspiring, insightful, and thoroughly readable."
A distinguished public radio producer's collection of conversations with Americans who "found…their way to doing exactly what they were meant to do with their lives." Read full book review >
THE GUNNING OF AMERICA by Pamela Haag
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 19, 2016

"A refreshingly unusual approach by an author admirably transparent about why she wrote the book and why she chose to avoid more traditional approaches."
An examination of the controversial realm of American gun culture through the perspective of gun manufacturers, with an emphasis on the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 28, 2016

"Sometimes dry, sometimes undercooked, but a useful snapshot of the rising new service economy—of considerable interest to students of business."
An exploration of "a simple-sounding yet transformative concept that is radically changing business, the economy, and society at large." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >