This is a great American story, the kind that we don’t read often enough, the kind that many big-city journalists don’t have the time to cover anymore.
He says that the financial rescue programs enacted in the crisis years were a success because the alternative—which no one can ever know—would have been far worse. What we do know is that, six years later, the economy is suffering through a historically weak recovery and the emergency programs haven't ended.
“Cubed” is itself a pleasure to read: beautifully written and clearly organized. Since many Americans now, women as well as men, spend more than half their waking hours at work, it’s also an important exploration.
In The People’s Platform, she meticulously details how work, education, and the public sphere have been eroded. Ideas, practices and tools of enlightenment, emancipation and opportunity are subverted even by people who profess those ideals. And the Internet is the linchpin, the Winnipeg-born documentarian asserts.
In the case of "Creativity, Inc.," by Ed Catmull, one of the founders of Pixar Animation, readers will want to take a big bite. Yes, there are clichés here...But the book also offers up a fascinating story about how some very smart people built something that profoundly changed the animation business and, along the way, popular culture.
As a piece of investigative journalism, the hardback edition of the book has a few holes. There is no index, nor are there any charts or tables to bolster Mr Lewis’s case...
One has to wonder how hardworking mothers and self-reliant professionals will regard these questionable pearls of wisdom. A gimmicky, patronizing book.
Pilling concludes that Japan’s economic deflation, declining fertility, and rapidly aging population mirror worldwide trends in other developed countries, and the world has much to learn from Japan’s failures and successes.
While the final insights stretch thin, Schulte unearths the attitudes and “powerful cultural expectations” responsible for our hectic lives, documents European alternatives to the work/family balance, and handily summarizes her solutions in an appendix.
...has clear weaknesses. The most important is that it does not deal with why soaring inequality – while more than adequately demonstrated – matters. Essentially, Piketty simply assumes that it does.
“Money” is a fascinating and entertaining pep talk for bankers, economists and armchair revolutionaries dissatisfied with the current financial system, and an attempt to galvanize them into action. The best arguments center on widespread unfairness: “Global banking’s current structure generates an unjust distribution of risks...
Mr. Easterly calls for a profound overhaul of the way powerful nations conceive of and implement aid—and, more important, of the broader foreign-policy decision-making of which aid is a component. That change is needed. It's just not clear this book is crisp or cogent enough to help advance it.
While the reader gets a solid sense of finance's corrosive day-to-day effects through the tales of his proxies, it never quite captures the immediacy of personal experience.
The preachy tone, although it may delight Mormons who are in many ways the stars of The Triple Package, is alas typical of a book that attempts to elevate Chua's bestselling wind-up Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother into a grand and instructive formula...
...Mr Werth’s account comes at a cost. Vertex gave the author access to its executives and scientists. Having devoted two books to the firm, Mr Werth at times seems too allied with it. “The Antidote” describes Mr Boger as an evangelist; in Mr Werth, he seems to have found a convert.
The authors may not have the solution to growing inequality, but their book marks one of the most effective explanations yet for the origins of the gap.
These depictions of Roger Ailes as something other than a frothing, ratings-mad showman-provocateur may be cases of damning with faint praise. But it’s about as a fair and balanced an account as one could hope to read about someone who has so weightily tipped the scales of American political life to the right.
Junkyard Planet is a gripping odyssey around the world's rubbish mountains and the men and (occasionally) women who mine them and turn them into money.
Mr. Gordon captures the glory years of Stax..The Stax story has been told in bits and pieces in countless musical histories over the years; Robert Gordon pulls all that together, fills in the gaps with his own research, and rolls out a cohesive narrative with the arc of great literature.
Do we live in neighborhoods that make us happy? That is not a silly question. Montgomery encourages us to ask it without embarrassment, and to think intelligently about the answer.