Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 170)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"A savvy observer's perceptive (and optimistic) take on a populous part of the world that remains an afterthought for most North Americans."
An intriguing, discursive inquiry into the variant wealth of Latin and North American nations, from a former foreign aid official who knows the territory. Read full book review >
THE BANKERS by Martin Mayer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 13, 1997

"Engrossing and perceptive perspectives on developments that could signal the twilight of traditional over-the-counter banking."
Much has happened to America's depository institutions in the more than two decades since Mayer wrote The Bankers, and his elegant update provides an informed guide to the convulsive change that has brought a remote, buttoned-down profession into the rowdy, high-tech world of financial services. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 6, 1997

"A bright spotlight cast on some very murky doings. (b&w illustrations)"
This thoroughgoing, even encyclopedic, history of insurance fraud in America is a first-rate, ripping yarn. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 5, 1997

"A thoughtful, provocative, and accessible book that should inspire much discussion in green circles."
An impassioned, well-defended argument for solar power in the place of our current fossil-fuel-based economy. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A tellingly detailed tract that could spark a new debate as to whether the World Bank is of any earthly use as presently organized."
A damning audit of the World Bank, which the author charges has failed to live up to either the limited purposes envisioned by its founders or the broader ambitions of latter-day administrators. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A vivid, tellingly detailed reconstruction of the birth and near-death experience of a consequential multinational enterprise, which ranges widely among such variant milieus as art, commerce, fashion, the media, politics, and show-biz. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A revelatory briefing on how, in less than 25 years, Charles and Maurice Saatchi managed to build and then nearly destroy the Western world's largest advertising agency. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Politically correct alarmism masquerading as prophetic analysis."
Greider (Who Will Tell the People, 1992, etc) has looked into the future and determined it won't work to his progressive/populist satisfaction. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"An uncompromising look at the thriving industry of relief agencies—which may do more harm than good to those they purport to serve."
Maren hurls stinging accusations and makes them stick: He paints development agencies (such as CARE) as self-perpetuating opportunists, funding their significant overhead through the misery of the world's unfortunates. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"This is one of those rare books that elevates the usual bureaucratic drudgery of corporate America to an almost Shakespearean level of characterization, passion, and drama. (Author tour)"
What Tracy Kidder did for computers, Brinkley now does for television, in this masterful chronicle of the flips, foibles, and frenzy that characterized the nearly decade-long race to develop high definition television (HDTV). Read full book review >
WAR BY OTHER MEANS by John J. Fialka
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A timely, tough-minded, and persuasively documented reminder that some of the Global Village's states do not play as fair as others."
An investigative reporter's cautionary overview of a persistent problem for American industry: the theft of its vital technology by friend and foe alike. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Leone, president of the Twentieth Century Fund (which sponsored Kuttner's book). (Author tour)"
An exhaustive but tendentious critique of market economics from the liberal commentator who first addressed this issue in The End of Laissez-Faire (1991). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A consummate pitchman's commercial manifesto, complete with an ingratiating rags-to-riches narrative and a host of case studies illuminating the tricks of his catalytic trade. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A thoroughly engaging and informative memoir from the man who did the most to create direct marketing, an ad-industry arm that now generates annual volume exceeding $1 trillion in the US alone. 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 >