Book Reviews

Overview

 

Our book reviews are designed to assist people in deciding what they should read. We aim to review about a dozen books each year. These comprise a mix of recently published books and books published over the course of the last thirty years or so which we think should not be forgotten. We generally do not review books that may be regarded as “classics” (on the basis that they are already well known) or books that are aimed solely at an academic or other specialist audience (since our aim is to assist the non-specialist who want seriously to think through current issues).

Currently, our reviews focus on books relating to the following:

The Business World:

There are many books that discuss business ethics. These are valuable but there is a danger that ethical considerations are believed to be nothing more than a necessary constraint on business. A number of the books that we have reviewed take a different approach: they look at the underlying purpose of business and consider the implications of this for the way in which it is conducted.

There is, of course, no sharp boundary between the issue of the purpose of business and issues relating to business relationships and business responsibility. We have, therefore, reviewed other books which, although not directly concerned with the overarching issue of business purpose, none-the-less have much to say that his relevant to this issue and which consider related issues.

Capitalism:

Capitalism is a vast subject and many books about it are well known and have been reviewed many times. Others are aimed at those with specialist knowledge of economics. As indicated above, we do not generally review this kind of book. Instead, our reviews focus on books that:

  • – Present Christian or other faith-based viewpoints;
  • – Examine historic faith-based approaches to capitalism; or
  • – Consider specific modern issues from a secular (or other non-Christian) perspective.

Wealth and poverty: 

To date, we have only reviewed five books relating to wealth and poverty but they cover a considerable range of issues. First, there are books that consider the underlying reasons for wealth and poverty from an economic and historical point of view; secondly, there are books that consider the appropriate Christian response to poverty; and, finally, there is a book providing an interesting perspective on philanthropy.

Of course, any categorisation of books has its limitations and ours is no exception. For example, books about the business world frequently contain discussions about capitalism whilst books about capitalism often engage with issues relating to wealth and poverty (and vice versa). However, we hope that our categorisation will assist prospective readers.