Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 176)

Released: March 22, 1996

"An informed and informative audit of the all-too-conventional wisdom that, as per Gresham's law, can drive common sense from the marketplace of ideas."
On the evidence of the lively collection of essays at hand, there's nothing dismal about the social science practiced by Stanford University professor Krugman (Peddling Prosperity, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: March 22, 1996

"Still, this is a sobering look at the destructive combination of big money and urban politics—a story played out all too often in recent American history. (70 photos, not seen)"
A strange tale of race and power politics in the putative cause of urban renewal. Read full book review >

Released: March 15, 1996

"A lively but partisan tract which fails to tell the whole story of what lies ahead for capitalism in the US and elsewhere. (Author tour)"
On the evidence of the text at hand, cynics could be excused for suspecting MIT economist Thurow (Head to Head, 1992, etc.) has produced an election-year version of the liberal agenda rather than a systematic inquiry into free enterprise's prospects in a volatile postCold War era. Read full book review >
BRUTAL BOSSES by Harvey A. Hornstein
Released: March 5, 1996

"An us-against-them exercise in pop anti-authoritarian sociology that, for all its lack of analytic depth and other deficiencies, could strike responsive chords among latter-day malcontents."
An awesomely aggrieved tract on the perceived problem of gratuitously swinish superiors, which reveals far more about its author (A Knight in Shining Armor, 1991, etc.) than about the amorphous wrongs he purports to address. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1996

"A tough-minded platform for renewal of a superpower that has not in recent years been living up to its still considerable potential."
A clear, nonpartisan statement of the problems America faces on the eve of a new century, and practicable proposals for restoring the nation's fiscal and moral health. Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 1996

"Friedman exhorts working women to stand up for what they need and what they want, and she has assembled an array of fascinating case histories to help illuminate the way. (Author tour)"
An informative, upbeat, yet honest assessment of the role of work in women's lives—how they define it, and how it defines them. ``Most women are still keeping to themselves the most important truth: What we do matters to us. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF THE YEN by R. Taggart Murphy
Released: March 1, 1996

"Murphy closes with some uncommonly sensible suggestions on how the two superpowers could forsake the ideological denial that threatens their alliance in favor of a realpolitik calculated to inspire cooperation and trust."
An astute analysis of the dangerously self-serving economic games Japan and the US have been playing over the past 15 years, from an expatriate American investment banker. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 1996

"If the Republican Revolution does indeed stall, Dionne's convincing and acute analysis will have predicted it. (Author tour)"
Washington Post columnist Dionne (Why Americans Hate Politics, 1991) turns his attention to the so-called Republican realignment of the 1994 elections and reaches a surprising conclusion. ``The new radicalism in American politics means that the debate in 1996 and beyond is not simply a contest between political parties,'' Dionne writes, ``It is a confrontation between fundamentally different approaches to economic turbulence, moral uncertainty and international disorder.'' Dionne argues convincingly that there is actually ample precedent for the upheavals affecting the American political scene today; he draws striking parallels with the last third of the 19th century and the rise of the Progressive movement. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 8, 1996

"A fine contribution to Amazonian studies and to the literature of environmental advocacy. (90 color photos, 3 b&w photos, 2 maps)"
A comprehensive overview of the Amazon Basin's riparian ecology and of the economic development that threatens to destroy it. ``As the new century approaches,'' the authors write, ``the Amazon is being transformed by deforestation, urban growth, mining, dams, and widespread exploitation of its natural resources.'' Yet in world coverage of these events, they maintain, the Amazon serves as a backdrop; they offer the astonishing fact that more is known about the Amazon as a whole than about a handful of its tributaries, thanks to a lack of thoroughgoing ecological investigations of the entire region. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Perceptive perspectives on what tomorrow might hold for the family of man and its commercial enterprises. (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selections; $100,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
An investment banker's sophisticated audit of the geopolitical and socioeconomic forces that could shape the postmillennial world. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 26, 1996

"Probably too little too late, but read it for the stimulating early and ending chapters, which argue convincingly that the tumultuous eras marking the decades from 20 to 50 are part of a struggle to maturity that men and women share. (First printing of 30,000)"
Interpretations of women's life histories support the hypothesis that the road through adulthood is a series of developmental construction zones, relieved only rarely by a measured mile of achievement-related superhighway. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 5, 1996

"Like advertising's favorite medium, TV, Adcult rivets attention powerfully, even brilliantly, but edifies little. (181 illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
A virtuosic survey of advertising in America, this book is a romp through the land where you (and your wallet) are the most desirable, sought-after creature in the world. 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 >