June 2, 2008

News & Opinion: Magazine Reviews and News

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 2:05 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I spent a lot of time this weekend relaxing with business magazines and came across quite a few good book recommendations and reviews.
In the latest issue of Wired, Jeff Howe reviews Julia Keller's Mr Gatling's Terrible Marvel, while Jason Tanz reviews Buying In by Rob Walker.
Speaking of Buying In, the June issue of Fast Company has an excerpt from the book itself. Entitled "Sex Vs. Ethics," it is about American Apparel's Dov Charney and the changes in how the company sells itself and its products. We'll have more from Rob Walker on Wednesday (hint, hint), so come on back for that.
In June's issue of Conde Nast Portfolio, Roger Lowenstein has written a great review of 30: The Collapse of the Great American Newspaper. From the review:
The contributors to 30 are mostly traditionalists, though not rank sentimentalists. They argue that for newspapers to survive, they must offer something distinct from the synopses of the news found online; that something can only be added detail, richness, accuracy, and length. A winning journalistic product cannot be manufactured in a corporate suite.

Sheelah Kolhatkar looks at the business of publishing in that same issue of Portfolio, profiling HarperCollins' publisher John Burnham and why he is giving disgraced author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces, Oprah, remember?) a 1.5 million dollar advance for his new novel, Bright Shiny Morning.
And, If you're looking for additional book reviews from business magazines, you can find Rebecca's post on the latest from The Economist here.