Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 171)

WORLDLY GOODS by Lisa Jardine
Released: Dec. 31, 1996

"Jardine's primary research and conclusions appear sound and convincing, providing new insights into the acquisitive basis of a fascinating age that helped to shape our world. (16 color plates, 60 b&w illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
A perceptive history of the Renaissance from an original angle: its appetite for material possessions. Read full book review >
PR! by Stuart Ewen
Released: Dec. 4, 1996

"Any overview of such an important and surreptitious subject is welcome, even when it is so prosaically presented, but this is a far cry from a definitive history. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
This lengthy history of spin and public relations tends to get stuck in some very narrow grooves. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"But if you want to look at this mass phenomenon seriously, here is the place to start."
Courtly prose and amiable digressions distinguish this study of what some may not consider a serious topic: tourism. Read full book review >
DEVIL'S PACT by F.C. Duke Zeller
Released: Nov. 5, 1996

"This is not a work with profound themes or insightful analysis; however, the content alone is enough to capture and keep the reader's interest."
If you like tales of greed, power, sex, dirty politics, and organized crime, this is for you. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"While many books have dealt with the Rothschilds, Elon's focus on the family's founding patriarch yields a thoroughly researched, fascinating, and altogether exemplary biography. (illustrations, not seen)"
During this time of bloated biographies, here is a refreshingly brief portrait of one of the most important figures of 19th-century European economic and modern Jewish history: Meyer Amschel Rothschild (17441812). Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"While the trials and tribulations of uncertainty in economic life are not ignored, Mandel definitely looks at the current and future economy through rose-colored glasses. (12 tables, charts, and graphs, not seen) (Author tour)"
A thoughtful though limited discussion of a puzzling situation: Why, despite relative prosperity, is economic anxiety so high? Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"An astute and independent observer's engrossing (albeit unsparing) perspectives on one of the 20th century's genuinely consequential enterprises. (illustrations, not seen)"
An evenhanded and informative history of Boeing, the American airframe manufacturer that bestrides the world of civil aviation like a colossus. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Apart from this, a perceptive briefing on a consequential corporation that arguably qualifies as a national treasure."
An offbeat overview of Microsoft, the Johnny-come-lately enterprise that dominates the widening world of PC programming and is now laying careful plans to make itself a force to be reckoned with in the as yet undefined field of multimedia. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"An enlightening postmortem on a consequential LBO, which vividly depicts its human and socioeconomic costs. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
A workmanlike account of the selling and salvaging of R.H. Macy's, an American retailing institution. Read full book review >
AGAINST THE GODS by Peter L. Bernstein
Released: Oct. 18, 1996

"A dense but compelling model of how the world works."
A history of probability from an economist and author of a history of Wall Street (Capital Ideas, 1991). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"A persuasively stated case for addressing a consequential issue that's overdue for debate and action. (Author tour)"
An authoritative and alarming audit of the potentially bleak financial future faced by the 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964—who look forward to comfortable retirements. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

A fine addition to the growing literature that refutes the long-held idea that there is such a thing as ``general'' intelligence and that it can be quantified. 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 >