Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 168)

ENDANGERED MEXICO by Joel Simon
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 22, 1997

"This sobering book is required reading for environmentalists, both critics and supporters of NAFTA, and all readers who care for Mexico's future."
Fine environmental reporting from the Third World front lines. Read full book review >
THE CLIFF WALK by Don J. Snyder
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 21, 1997

"Through the mill emerges a new Snyder, a better Snyder, his tale a cautionary one, as gruesomely captivating as a traffic accident."
Snyder (A Soldier's Disgrace, 1987, etc.) loses more than a job when he gets his walking papers from the university; his entire world shatters. Read full book review >

TAXING WOMEN by Edward J. McCaffery
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 15, 1997

"This is intended to be a provocative volume, and it is. (15 line drawings)"
An unconventional argument that occasionally overreaches but nevertheless provides a significant challenge to orthodox discussions of taxation. Read full book review >
CASEY'S LAW by Al Casey
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1997

"A good-humored account of an uncommonly productive life, which belies the notion that nice guys finish last. (16 pages photos, not seen) (First printing of 75,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
An agreeably upbeat and anecdotal memoir from the corporate executive who kept American Airlines flying during a period of notable turbulence. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"While Farmanfarmaian's apparently lifelong ability to perceive events more clearly than others sometimes strains the reader's credulity, this is nevertheless a fascinating look inside a world not well known or understood by Americans. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
In an autobiography coauthored by his daughter, Farmanfarmaian provides intriguing glimpses of upper-class Persian society that more than make up for the occasional ego-stroking. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1997

"In depicting responsible governing checkmated by partisan sniping, the authors present a true-life spectacle as funny as a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta and as painful as root canal."
A gimlet-eyed history from Hager and Pianin (reporters for Congressional Quarterly and the Washington Post, respectively) of the capital's budget follies, culminating in last year's impasse between President Clinton and the GOP-controlled Congress. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1997

"For environmentalists, regional planners, and interested lay readers, this book contains abundant food for thought."
An outstanding collection of talks devoted to the late economist E.F. Schumacher's ``small is beautiful'' ethic. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1997

"They also ignore the essential fact that Americans have largely embraced a car culture."
A committed, soft-spoken diatribe against the car culture that romanticizes the alternatives, by the architecture critic for the Nation. Read full book review >
IRONS IN THE FIRE by John McPhee
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1997

"For old hands, more of the unique pleasures you have come to expect."
Nothing, it seems, is beyond McPhee's purview, and these seven essays (which first ran in the New Yorker) offer further evidence that in the right hands even the most prosaic of topics harbors an unsuspected richness of surprising facts and fancies. Read full book review >
THE DREAM ENDURES by Kevin Starr
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1997

"A penetrating addition to an altogether splendid series, which (thanks to the broad appeal of its subject matter and period) could prove a breakout book."
The fifth volume in Starr's grand and wide-ranging history of California (Endangered Dreams, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
THE DECLINE (AND FALL?) OF THE INCOME TAX by Michael J. Graetz
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Not the sensationalistic diatribe you expect to see in April, and for that reason well worth reading."
Angry taxpayers may be disappointed that Graetz (Law/Yale) does not jump on the anti-income-tax bandwagon, but they would do well to ponder his reservations about where taxation is headed. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"This strives to be candid and intimate, yet ultimately its commentary fails to break through the commemorative into the kind of real analysis that would have revealed more of the man behind the movement icon. (105 b&w photos, not seen)"
A useful survey and pictorial of the extraordinary career of the visionary Mexican-American labor leader and human-rights activist, who died in his sleep in 1993 at age 66. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >