[In this feature, we highlight a handful of the best book reviews appearing over the weekend in major newspapers. Follow it here.]
The Ajax Dilemma, by Paul Woodruff. Reviewed by Nancy F. Koehn (New York Times).
Using Greek history and philosophy to analyze modern business ethics is an interesting approach. It’s fascinating to think how three thousand years have passed since the Trojan War and we’re still struggling with the same fundamental questions about how to get along as a people. This sounds like a very smart book. If you’ve got a history buff commodities trader in your family, go ahead and gift this.
The Night Eternal, by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Reviewed by Gina McIntyre (Los Angeles Times).
After reading this review, you probably won’t have to read the book, since its summary is pretty comprehensive. If you’ve read and enjoyed the first books in the trilogy, looks like you’re in for some more of the same. If you’re like Nico, then the ship’s already sailed for you. I’m not interested in reading this, but I’ll wait for the inevitable movie that McIntyre predicts.
The Tears of Autumn, by Charles McCarry. Reviewd by Lou Novacheck (Seattle Post Intelligencer).
This spy novel, set in the 60s, sounds pretty slick. Was JFK assassinated as part of a complicated Vietnamese revenge plot? Might be here. If you like thriller spy books, give this a look.
Quickly: A short but very good review of a cookbook, Bocca. Here are some book ideas for stocking stuffers, just be sure to avoid the worst nonfiction of 2011. If that depresses you, The New York Times offers a not-very-selective list of the 100 best books of 2011. And here’s a book of Lego ideas.
. Bonus Book Trailer: I might have used this one before, but in any case, here’s an example of a really good book trailer.