Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 2)

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 >

DIVIDED by David Cay Johnston
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 2014

"A potent chronicle of America's "extreme inequality, the worst by far of any nation with a modern economy.""
Investigative reporter Johnston (The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind, 2012, etc.) collects together writings from forty authors representing many different fields of endeavor to present a multifaceted picture of inequality. Read full book review >
FLASH BOYS by Michael Lewis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 31, 2014

"If you've ever had the feeling that the system is out for itself at your expense, well, look no further. A riveting, maddening yarn that is causing quite a stir already, including calls for regulatory reform."
In trademark Lewis (Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, 2011, etc.) fashion, a data-rich but all-too-human tale of "heuristic data bullshit and other mumbo jumbo" in the service of gaming the financial system, courtesy of—yes, Goldman Sachs and company. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO GLOBAL PROSPERITY by Michael Mandelbaum
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 25, 2014

"An incisive assessment of the political problems underlying our increasingly integrated world economy."
A distinguished analyst of international affairs looks at the future of the global economy and discovers mostly good news. Read full book review >

LAUNCH! by Scott Duffy
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 20, 2014

"Solid advice for novice risk-takers."
A breezy handbook for entrepreneurs on how to launch a new business, product or service. Read full book review >
HAUNTED EMPIRE by Yukari Iwatani Kane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"Much of this book is an extended footnote to Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs, which, though not without problems, is the first work to consult when thinking of things Apple."
Can Apple, though socking away billions in sales of iPhones and iPads, be the disruptor and industry leader of old? Without the radical sensibilities of Steve Jobs, it seems unlikely. Read full book review >
FLEX by Jane Hyun
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 18, 2014

"Hyun and Lee offer convincing evidence to illustrate how to enhance communication skills across various workplace divides."
With the assistance of Miller, executive coaches Hyun (Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians, 2005) and Lee examine how "infusing cultural proficiency initiatives into company-wide values, policies and programs achieves a demonstrable effect." Read full book review >
THE SEVEN SINS OF WALL STREET by Bob Ivry
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 11, 2014

""America needs strong banks," writes Ivry. "But banks need a strong America too." To judge by this angry book, the denizens of Wall Street are doing all they can to obstruct this—and it's high time to return the favor."
A reporter for Bloomberg News, no enemy of capitalism, reads a fiduciary riot act to the bankers and hedge fund managers of the world. Read full book review >
THE TRAGEDY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION by George Soros
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 11, 2014

"For economics and policy wonks, to be sure, but with interesting insights into the functioning of one of the world's most powerful—and potentially far more so—economic blocs."
Can the European Union be saved? So ponders financier Soros (Financial Turmoil in Europe and the United States, 2012, etc.), who fears that the unifying project of the euro "has gone badly wrong." Read full book review >
HOUSE OF OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE by Michael Gross
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 11, 2014

"An incisive but somewhat tedious report of New York's "new money.""
Travel + Leisure contributing editor Gross' (Unreal Estate: Money, Ambition, and the Lust for Land in Los Angeles, 2011, etc.) latest chronicle of the .01 percent shifts to the other side of Central Park. Read full book review >
THE TYRANNY OF EXPERTS by William Easterly
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"A sharply written polemic intended to stir up debate about the aims of global anti-poverty campaigns."
Easterly (Economics/New York Univ.; The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, 2006, etc.) delivers a scathing assault on the anti-poverty programs associated with both the United Nations and its political and private sector supporters. Read full book review >