Business & Economics Book Reviews

THE DIVIDE by Matt Taibbi
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"Rising from the text is a miasma of corporate and political malfeasance and immorality that mocks the platitudes of democracy."
Rolling Stone journalist Taibbi (Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America, 2010, etc.) once again rakes from the muck some most malodorous information about inequality in America. Read full book review >
ALL THE PRESIDENTS' BANKERS by Nomi Prins
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"A dense but worthy effort to explain how the economy went off the rails in recent years—and how we ended up in that situation in the first place."
A revealing look at the often symbiotic, sometimes-adversarial relationship between the White House and Wall Street. Read full book review >

A BIGGER PRIZE by Margaret Heffernan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"The step-by-step accumulation of argument and evidence is overwhelming in its thoroughness and attention to detail."
Entrepreneur Heffernan (Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril, 2011, etc.) systematically deconstructs the social myths associated with hypercompetitiveness while providing a formidable case about how counterproductive, and even perverse, it can be. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"A balanced analysis of the future shape of the world's increasingly interdependent economies."
A veteran economist and money manager looks ahead at the currents and countercurrents likely to roil the global economy in the next thirty years. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF MONEY by James Rickards
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"A mostly accessible survey of the financial scene. Readers take note: Buy gold, land and art—and hunker down."
Behind Door No. 1 is inflation. Behind Door No. 2 is deflation. Neither is pretty—however, assures financial counselor and intelligence adviser Rickards (Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis, 2011), one or the other lies in our path. Read full book review >

CREATIVITY, INC. by Ed Catmull
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"An immensely readable and rewarding book that will challenge and inspire readers to make their workplaces hotbeds of creativity."
The president of Pixar Animation Studios describes the making of the creative culture that has produced Toy Story, Finding Nemo and other award-winning movies. Read full book review >
STARTING UP SILICON VALLEY by Katherine Maxfield
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"Corporate history with enough drama for a movie."
Business history that will satisfy anyone captivated by the Silicon Valley. Read full book review >
AMERICA'S FISCAL CONSTITUTION by Bill White
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 2014

"Reading between the lines, White is recommending much more—and therein lies controversy, especially when it comes to military spending. A book that deserves much attention."
Looking to beat up on George W. Bush some more? There's plenty of ammunition in this chronicle of the collapse of federal fiscal discipline during the previous administration. Read full book review >
PITCH PERFECT by Bill McGowan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 2014

"A proactive approach to mastering the art of interpersonal communication."
A media expert's techniques for acquiring and honing clear communication skills. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 2014

"Intriguing but densely detailed and hyperbolic."
Rifkin (The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World, 2011, etc.) looks ahead to life after capitalism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A candid, straightforward account of one man and his rise from rags to riches."
The lifelong journey from shoeshine boy to construction mogul. Read full book review >
I JUST GRADUATED...NOW WHAT? by Katherine Schwarzenegger
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 2014

"Inspirational tidbits on work and life from productive and happy people from diverse backgrounds."
Advice for one of life's most important transitions: stepping out into the "real" world after four years of college. Read full book review >