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.
But the book is less about people and more about systems. How managers squeezed the maximum productivity from their workers, and the most efficiency from their buildings...Cubed offers something different: an entertaining look at the history of the modern worker, that the modern worker can actually learn from.
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.
Catmull’s voice and choice of topics reveals him to be a caring, committed, philosophical leader who loves his work, respects his creative colleagues, and remains committed to the advancement of computer animation and great filmmaking.
"Flash Boys" makes no claim to be a balanced account of financial innovation: It is a polemic, and a very well-written one.
One has to wonder how hardworking mothers and self-reliant professionals will regard these questionable pearls of wisdom. A gimmicky, patronizing book.
...an excellent book for which 3/11, as the event is known in Japan, is as much pretext as subject matter. For Mr Pilling’s thesis is that, horrifying though it was, the triple disaster three years ago was neither a game-changing event nor truly novel.
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.
...surprisingly entertaining book on the nature of money...
Easterly tries to craft global solutions, but fails to come up with practical proposals that will work in the messy world beyond his neighborhood.
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.
On a highly touchy subject, the authors tread carefully, backing their assertions with copious notes. Though coolly and cogently argued, this book is bound to be the spark for many potentially heated discussions.
Werth very aptly captured the drama of the pharmaceutical industry in which, although great profits are possible, great risks are also taken.
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.
Minter encourages people “to think about what it means to recycle, and make smart choices as a consumer before you buy that thing you’ll eventually toss out.” In the end, placing that bin on the curbside is only outsourcing the end result of our consumption.
In zesty prose, Gordon ably narrates this whole story, ending with the convoluted financial machinations that led to the label’s stunningly rapid collapse. Deep cultural and social history enlivened by a cast of colorful characters.
Along the way, concepts such as hedonistic sustainability...and the ideal depth of a front yard...are explained with Gladwellian facility...Mercifully, the text isn’t overballasted with such pop science clichés.
Though much of "Hatching Twitter" is hobbled by weak anecdotes and schlocky metaphors, the book is carried by Bilton's excruciating account of Dorsey's evolution.