Business & Economics Book Reviews

Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"A sturdy but narrowly focused tale of American history."
A family's history reveals the roots of America's "capitalist ethos." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 14, 2014

"The book outlines an intriguing strategy though its fundamental assumptions require careful scrutiny."
Von Thiensen's (Decoding the Hidden Market RhythmPart 1, 2014, etc.) second installment in his series on stock market cycles looks to the stars for guidance.Read full book review >

Released: July 25, 2017

"A powerful how-to package for aspiring activists."
A decidedly upbeat follow-up to the former vice president's groundbreaking 2006 book, An Inconvenient Truth.Read full book review >
TWENTY-FIVE STRATEGIES FOR ORGANIZATIONAL SUCCESS by John Gaston
NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 2017

"A well-written, straightforward business manual that covers familiar material in an effective and engaging way."
A debut handbook for managers addresses all aspects of shaping and guiding a business. 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 >

Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Of interest to policy wonks, naval strategists, and specialists in the region."
An examination of military confrontation in the western Pacific and the dangers it poses for those who now play a calculated game of chicken. 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 >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A lucid and provocative look at the geopolitics of energy and the shifts and dislocations it is likely to produce."
Remember when the world was running out of oil? The good news is that energy is abundant, at least for the time being. As for the bad news…. Read full book review >
FIFTY INVENTIONS THAT SHAPED THE MODERN ECONOMY by Tim Harford
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Harford's contagious delight in his subject reminds readers not to take for granted the impact of objects and ideas so familiar they're easy to overlook."
A well-known British economist shapes his radio broadcasts into chapters of a diverting collection of what he considers humanity's greatest inventions. Read full book review >
HOW NOT TO GET RICH by Alan Pell Crawford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Light and frothy, this humorous biography is a lively read."
"To succeed in business…avoid my example"—Mark Twain (1901). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An impassioned call for an 'overarching movement' for justice."
How poor people are being punished for their poverty. 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 >
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 >