Business & Economics Book Reviews

REPLENISH by Sandra Postel
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An informative, purposeful argument about why we must accept the moral as well as practical responsibility of water stewardship."
Why well-functioning natural ecosystems—"watersheds, wetlands, floodplains, and river systems"—play as important a role in our economic infrastructure as dams, canals, and water treatment plants. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Both an informative work for general readers and a page-turning seminar for would-be writers of narrative nonfiction."
A bracing natural history of coffee. 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. 14, 2017

"A sharp, thoughtful, sometimes-surprising account of how we build trust with strangers now."
How technology is changing our attitudes toward trust. 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 >

TROUBLEMAKERS by Leslie  Berlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A sturdy, skillfully constructed work of business and technological history."
Looking back on Silicon Valley's early years, when magic was brewing in the suburbs of the Bay Area. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Wise, thoughtful, and valuable, this book will foster a new appreciation for effective leadership and prompt many readers to lament the lack of it in the world today."
The making of "five unforgettable leaders who lived, worked, struggled, and triumphed in different circumstances toward different ends." 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: 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 TO BUILD A PIANO BENCH by Ruthi Postow Birch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"Warmly nostalgic yet highly relevant as a primer on building a firm and becoming a smart leader."
A debut author offers a business book disguised as a memoir. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"A worthy and concise explanation of mission-driven business theory, with resources for further reading."
A book assesses socially responsible and religiously motivated approaches to capitalism. 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 >