The business of the title is the McLean newspaper and telecommunications network, and this novel chronicles its birth and growth from the 1920s on, intertwined with the life of its grande dame, Yarrow McLean. The story is standard fare: family fights, corporate wheeling and dealing, and an enduring, tempestuous love affair with a married man. But the author has added historical interest to the recipe with the Depression, union strikes, the Vietnam controversy, and technological advances in the newspaper industry. Yarrow is a full character: smart and determined, she is also vulnerable to self-doubt. By the author of In Her Own Image . Literary Guild alternate. A.M.B. Amantia, Population Crisis Committee Lib., Washington, D.C.