Business & Economics Book Reviews

CAPITALISM by Arundhati Roy
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 21, 2014

"Less a reasoned argument than an impassioned manifesto."
A vehement broadside against capitalism in general and American cultural imperialism in particular, focusing on the effects on the novelist's native India. Read full book review >
CUBED by Nikil Saval
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 22, 2014

"Ferociously lucid and witty."
An editor of n +1 offers an illuminating study of the modern office and its antecedents. Read full book review >

BEAUTY QUEEN by Deborrah Himsel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 2014

"Incisive reading for both women and men about the dynamics of corporate leadership."
A leadership consultant examines business executive Andrea Jung's tenure as Avon CEO and the lessons her rise to and fall from power offer those seeking to climb the corporate ladder. Read full book review >
SO MUCH TO DO by Richard Ravitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 2014

"For policy wonks and readers with a particular interest in New York."
An exemplary public servant recounts his eventful life at the intersection of business and politics. Read full book review >
THE RECKONING by Jacob Soll
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 29, 2014

"An intriguing, well-crafted discussion highlighting a major contribution to political and economic well-being, with an obvious moral for today."
Soll's (History/Univ. of Southern California; The Information Master: Jean-Baptiste Colbert's Secret State Intelligence System, 2009, etc.) double-entry bookkeeping in relation to the political and cultural significance of accounting and the rise and fall of nations and businesses. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 2014

"A feel-good American success story recounted with candor, heart and attitude."
With the assistance of Moore, the founders of Juicy Couture chronicle their real-life fairy tale in a "part memoir, part how-to-manual and part fashion industry field guide." Read full book review >
GERONIMO by Mike Leach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"Though the idea behind it is intriguing, the book threatens to topple from the unwieldy mix of conversational U.S. history, biography and self-help."
A college football coach fascinated by American Indian history draws contemporary life lessons from the biography of a 19th-century Apache warrior. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE UNIVERSITY by Michael S. Roth
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 6, 2014

"The result is more like a primer on the history of higher education than a manifesto."
An academic's defense of the liberal arts, as he surveys the tensions in higher education throughout American history. Read full book review >
WAR AND GOLD by Kwasi Kwarteng
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 13, 2014

"Should we return to the gold standard? Has oil taken the place of gold on the world economic stage? Who will be the next big power? Kwarteng does not provide all the answers, but he does give a solid overview of the possibilities."
In Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World (2012), conservative Parliament member Kwarteng delivered an impressive chronicle of the long-term effects of British colonial rule. This book, about the economics of war and the use and abuse of the gold standard, is a bit less readable, but still informative, for those not well-versed in economic theory. Read full book review >
SMALLER FASTER LIGHTER DENSER CHEAPER by Robert Bryce
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 13, 2014

"Though Bryce often sounds like an unabashed booster for business and technology, he makes many intriguing arguments in this "rejoinder to the doomsayers [and] rebuttal to the catastrophists who insist that disaster lurks just around the corner.""
A celebration of innovations that have produced cheaper and more abundant energy, faster computing, lighter vehicles and other technological benefits. Read full book review >
THE SECRET WORLD OF OIL by Ken Silverstein
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 13, 2014

"The book's revelations make Wall Street corruption seem tame by comparison."
Energy journalist Silverstein's study of the routinely corrupt but immensely profitable world of oil "fixers." Read full book review >
AGE OF AMBITION by Evan Osnos
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 13, 2014

"Pleasant, peripatetic musings revealing a great deal about the Chinese character."
New Yorker staff writer and former China correspondent Osnos offers nimble, clever observations of a country squeezed between aspiration and authoritarianism. Read full book review >