Nonfiction Books

ETHICAL CHIC

The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love (Beacon Press, 2012)

Reviews

Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2012 about ETHICAL CHIC:

“Hawthorne turns an optimistic-but-skeptical eye on a half-dozen companies to dig past the marketing hyperbole and explore actual practices …. Hawthorne’s research provides clear, rational insights into our ethical choices, empowering us to be savvy shoppers.”

Awards

  • Best Books of 2012 (Business), Library Journal
  • Best from the University Presses, American Library Association

TABLE OF CONTENTS, ETHICAL CHIC

Introduction: The Image
Chapter 1: Tom’s of Maine — Woodstock Toothpaste
Chapter 2: Timberland — How Green Is My Leather
Chapter 3: Starbucks — Coffee as a Brand Name
Chapter 4: Apple — The Coolest of Them All
Chapter 5: Trader Joe’s — Are We Having Fun Yet?
Chapter 6: American Apparel — Sex and the T-Shirt
Chapter 7: The Reality
Acknowledgments
Notes


THE OVERLOADED LIBERAL

Shopping, Investing, Parenting, and Other Daily Dilemmas in an Age of Political Activism (Beacon Press, 2010)

Reviews

Booklist, March 1, 2010 about THE OVERLOADED LIBERAL:

“From what to eat to what to invest in, she makes it clear that what seems obvious (American Apparel’s 'Made in the USA' label) is likely far less so under careful observation (American Apparel’s anti-union stance) … this is a solid choice for those willing to dive into the complexity of living with a social conscious in the 21st century.”

TABLE OF CONTENTS, THE OVERLOADED LIBERAL

Introduction
Chapter 1: Juggling Lessons
Chapter 2: Morals at the Mall
Chapter 3: Can an Ethical Liberal Eat Meat? (and Other Food-Related Quandaries)
Chapter 4: Enough Green, Already!
Chapter 5: Beyond Apartheid and Tobacco: Redefining Social Investing
Chapter 6: The People Who Make Our Stuff
Chapter 7: The Price of Purity
Chapter 8: How the Experts Set Their Priorities
Chapter 9: My Choices
Acknowledgements
Notes


PENSION DUMPING

The Reasons, the Wreckage, the Stakes for Wall Street (Bloomberg Press,  2008)

Awards

  • Book of the Year, 2008 (Business & Economics, bronze medal), ForeWord magazine
  • Excellence in Financial Journalism 2009 (Books), New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants

Reviews

Olena Berg Lacy, Assistant Secretary of Labor, 1993-1998, for PENSION DUMPING:

“Having lived through the S&L crisis, I can’t help but wonder what policy makers might have done had they been presented with a concise, cogent description of the gathering of the perfect storm before events unfolded. Fran Hawthorne has written such a book for pension policy makers. Let’s hope they take heed.”

TABLE OF CONTENTS: PENSION DUMPING

Introduction

Part 1: The Reasons
Chapter 1: The Dispensable Pension Plan
Chapter 2: Last in Line: The Retiree
Chapter 3: Pension-Free and Ready to Compete—Or Not?

Part 2: The Laws
Chapter 4: Writing the Rules
Chapter 5: Failure’s Fallout: LTV and Other Precedents
Chapter 6: The Bankruptcy Court Minuet

Part 3: The Investors
Chapter 7: How Investors Play the Game
Chapter 8: The Signs of Failure
Chapter 9: Pensionless Restructuring
Chapter 10: The Emergence of US Airways
Chapter 11: The Reemergence of US Airways

Part 4: The Future
Chapter 12: The Problem Continues
Chapter 13: The Next to Fail
Chapter 14: The Politics


Inside the FDA

The Business and Politics behind the Drugs We Take and the Food We Eat (John Wiley & Sons, 2005)

Reviews

The Boston Globe, March 27, 2005 about INSIDE THE FDA:

“The book is at its best when it reveals true ‘insider’ nuggets such as when drug companies tap members of Congress to lobby the FDA commissioner for a specific drug’s quicker approval. … The book is ambitious in attempting to cover the first 100 years of the FDA’s history and in pointing to challenges in the upcoming century for an agency that regulates $1 trillion in products each year. It’s a carefully researched primer that arrives as Congress is poised to bolster the FDA’s ability to ensure drug safety.”

Third Coast Press, September 6, 2005 about INSIDE THE FDA:

“In Inside the FDA: The Business and Politics Behind the Drugs We Take and the Food We Eat, Fran Hawthorne, a veteran reporter of politics, industry, and healthcare, takes us inside the FDA in much the same way that The Jungle – the book often credited for inspiring Teddy Roosevelt to get the government involved in food safety – took readers inside the meatpacking industry. Unlike Upton Sinclair’s novel, however, blame in Inside the FDA is rarely assigned in a simple way. …. Those looking for easy answers on food and drug policy will not find them here. What they will find, however, is an invaluable education on how drugs get from test tubes to medicine cabinets and food from genetic labs to grocery shelves, and where the pressure points are along the way.”

TABLE OF CONTENTS: INSIDE THE FDA
Contents
Introduction
Chapter 1: Case Study: Chasing Cancer
Chapter 2: Beyond Science
Chapter 3: The First 100 Years
Chapter 4: “You Don’t Always Know Which Agency Is in Charge”
Chapter 5: Truckloads of Paper
Chapter 6: Case Study: The Return of Thalidomide
Chapter 7: How Picky Is the FDA?
Chapter 8: How Powerful Is Industry?
Chapter 9: Case Study: The Death of Monica George
Chapter 10: When Consumers Get Angry
Chapter 11: A Political Pawn
Chapter 12: FDA and DNA
Chapter 13: The FDA Meets Madison Avenue
Chapter 14: Frivolous Drugs?
Chapter 15: The Next 100 Years
Acknowledgements
Notes
Bibliography
Index


THE MERCK DRUGGERNAUT

The Inside Story of a Pharmaceutical Giant (John Wiley & Sons, 2003)

Reviews

The New York Times, March 23, 2003 and also March 23, 2003, about THE MERCK DRUGGERNAUT:

“Ms. Hawthorne … has done the hard work of interviewing everyone from Merck sales representatives and doctors who prescribe Merck drugs all the way up to the former chief executive, P. Roy Vagelos. … As the title of her book indicates, Ms. Hawthorne is critical of the pharmaceutical industry. Unlike some other critics, however, she understands and communicates the incredible complexity of discovering new drugs and introducing them to the market. …”

TABLE OF CONTENTS, THE MERK DRUGGERNAUT
Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1: In the Bull’s-Eye
Chapter 2: From Little Pharmacy to Big Pharma
Chapter 3: Off the Cutting Edge
Chapter 4: The Drugs of Tomorrow
Chapter 5: The Freebie Circuit
Chapter 6: Just Like Toothpaste
Chapter 7: “It Is Not for the Profits,” Part One: Prices and Politics
Chapter 8: “It Is Not for the Profits,” Part Two: The AIDS Debacle
Chapter 9: Living with Mother Merck
Chapter 10: A Different Business Model
Notes
Bibliography
Index