Business & Economics Book Reviews

Leading Up, Down and Across by Jochen Hekker
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 20, 2016

"A practical guide to the fundamentals of effective leadership as well as an intriguing peek into Dutch military life."
A debut book offers leadership lessons from a former officer in the Netherlands armed forces. Read full book review >
THE TETRIS EFFECT by Dan Ackerman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An all-inclusive history behind one of the most popular video games ever."
How a simple computer game of cascading geometric shapes became a worldwide phenomenon. Read full book review >

PAYING THE PRICE by Sara Goldrick-Rab
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Necessary reading for anyone concerned about the fate of American higher education."
An examination of the "new economics of college in America." Read full book review >
Safety and Workers' Compensation Strategies by Adam Friedlander
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 26, 2016

"A book that will be useful for employers who are truly interested in improving worker productivity and company profits."
A workers' compensation consultant interviews business executives, lawyers, and others to show employers how to boost worker safety and the bottom line. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 30, 2016

"A maddening, important indictment of the shadow economy that flourishes even as the legitimate economy suffers and just the thing to tip a person debating whether to join the Occupy movement or vote for Bernie Sanders over the edge."
Hiding money in offshore accounts to keep it from the publicans is an old trick—but it is now so prevalent that, far from being "a minor part of our economic system," it is the system. Read full book review >

Improve Your Odds by Alan Yong
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 15, 2016

"A clearly worded handbook for covering the business basics."
A debut guide offers a systematic plan for entrepreneurs to improve their companies. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 11, 2016

"A provocative guide that could embolden those with substantial debt to pursue evasive action; some consumers may not be comfortable with the volume's unconventional, sometimes confrontational approach."
An audacious playbook focuses on absolving one's debts. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2016

"A lightweight but engaging look back at days of long lunches and seemingly infinite expense accounts."
A retired adman shares tales of hawking everything from Tareyton cigarettes to the AT&T Yellow Pages in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
THE FIX by Jonathan Tepperman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An important and unusually engrossing book that merits wide attention."
Foreign Affairs managing editor Tepperman (co-editor: Iran and the Bomb: Solving the Persian Puzzle, 2012, etc.) offers a stirring account of the achievements of risk-taking political leaders. Read full book review >
WE WANTED WORKERS by George J. Borjas
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Although the economic analyses may be obscure to some noneconomist readers, Borjas provides an intriguing, clearly written polemic."
A counternarrative to the many misguided ideas about immigrants arriving in the United States. Read full book review >
IF VENICE DIES by Salvatore Settis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An impassioned plea that every lover of Venice, urban planner, architect, and cultural historian should read."
Archaeologist and art historian Settis (The Future of the Classical, 2006, etc.) explores how troubled Venice is capable of being the true vision of a city. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"A tightly written, succinct investment guide and a solid launching pad for anyone thinking about buying and selling stocks from China."
A debut primer on analyzing, buying, and selling Chinese stocks for fun and profit. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >