Aside from its assault on American egalitarian sensibilities, "The Triple Package" is a sloppy book...Chua and Rubenfeld cobble together assorted celebrity anecdotes and academic studies into arguments that have all the profundity of a rookie salesman's first PowerPoint presentation.
...if you have had the pleasure of reading a meticulously researched, clearly written, scrupulously documented, even-handed and enlightening biography — like, say, the one Robert A. Caro is writing on Lyndon Johnson — Sherman’s book is going to be a major disappointment.
In the end, the main value of Happy City is not in saying something new, but in saying forcefully what can't be said too much.
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.
...Mr Greenspan scarcely builds on this framework. Instead he abruptly changes course, launching into a fairly conventional description of the troubles that lurked in the pre-crisis financial markets. This discussion yields a rare, tepid statement of contrition...
Brad Stone, a technology journalist who first covered Amazon in 2000, has done a remarkable job in The Everything Store, in a way that Bezos would appreciate – by working very hard.
As is true so often in life more could have been achieved had less been attempted. Her efforts to draw together so many threads over such a broad canvas inevitably lead to discontinuities and contradictions.
Crouch is a critic by trade, not a biographer, and there's less music writing here than one might want. But there are examples throughout the book of Crouch's accessible and insightful criticism.
Mr. Dedman had stumbled onto an amazing story of profligate wealth, one so wild that “American aspiration” doesn’t begin to describe its excesses...“Empty Mansions” is the self-explanatory title of the Huguette Clark story.
An intriguing discussion of poverty and scarcity that uses the tools of behavioral economics and offers some different approaches to mitigation...An appealing, very different approach to a pressing problem.
Overall, I am really, really glad I was given the chance to read StrengthsFinder 2.0and take the on-line assessment.
Insisting that immigrants work is sound policy, but the tone of “Exodus” is problematic. Mr Collier finds endless objections to a policy—more or less unlimited immigration—that no country has adopted. In the process, he exaggerates the possible risks of mobility and underplays its proven benefits.
"Hothouse" is bound to be irresistible to anyone working in publishing and enticing to readers intrigued by how literature is cultivated — or was, in the days when the bottom line wasn't the dominant force that it's increasingly become...it's a delectable story about the intersection of art, commerce, passion and personalities.
A solid blend of the descriptive and the prescriptive, with plenty of lessons that will be of interest to Asia hands, investors and policymakers.
...this character's story stuck faithfully to real life.
Captivating and astute study.
Though the author is passionate with respect to expressing his point of view many times he is excessively combative and facile.
It is a deeply researched, fascinating and well-written account by Anita Raghavan of the scandal that brought down Galleon...provides a gripping account of a story that is Shakespearean in its drama. And she argues, persuasively, that the case is about more than criminality.
Their chapters on the US...are neither fun nor convincing. America does, indeed, face deep challenges...Regulation of election spending is not among them. It beats me how anyone could conclude that it was.
As their title might suggest, they take a dim view of the feed-a-bank-starve-a-hospital solutions of austerity, which they argue don’t even succeed on their own terms, increasing unemployment, slowing consumer spending...