Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 500)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 1994

"Best for addicts of the genre."
The rise and fall of a top Chicago mobster, by ex-FBI agent Roemer (War of the Godfathers, 1990). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 30, 1994

"A highly charged and eminently readable critique of a sandstorm in the world's eye."
A lucid compilation of 39 essays by Said (Comparative Literature/Columbia), the most eloquent spokesperson for the Palestinian cause in the Western world since the Arab defeat in the 1967 war against Israel. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 29, 1994

"For newcomers to such issues—which almost all of us are- -this brief, rigorous investigation will prove extremely useful in establishing positions and politicking for reforms."
A masterful introduction to the issues of ownership of and access to data in the fast-arriving information age, complete with suggestions for needed legislative and judicial reform. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 23, 1994

An authoritative study by journalist Sterling (Octopus, 1989) of the breathtaking power and influence accumulated by modern organized crime around the world. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 20, 1994

"An engrossing look behind one of the decade's most dramatic moments."
An objective, well-researched historical backdrop to the Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, by a Washington-based reporter. Read full book review >

AMADOR by Fernando Savater
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 7, 1994

"De Magistro,'' of whose style Savater's will remind the reader."
A sometimes touching but ultimately banal discourse by a father to his son, offering advice on how to get along in life. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 6, 1994

"Riveting soldier's-eye views of the deadly confusion of battle, and a significant contribution to military and D-day literature."
Relying on correspondence, diaries, and interviews, Miller (The House of Getty, not reviewed) presents vivid first-person perspectives from British, German, and American combatants in the Allied invasion of Normandy. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1994

"Historical writing that is remarkably accessible as well as incisive."
Another charge through the imperial past as Hopkirk deftly marshals facts, larger-than-life characters, and sweeping battles to demonstrate how close the Germans and their Turkish allies came to bringing down the mighty British Empire. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1994

"A concise, passionately argued essay, sparked by Shlaim's dry wit and scathing sarcasm."
Shlaim (Collusion Across Jordan, 1988), a leading historian of the Israeli revisionist school, offers a brief but suggestive overview of the US role in the Middle East. Read full book review >
UNAMERICAN ACTIVITIES by Sally Belfrage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"A spirited but myopic account of an adolescence that was both anomalous and all too American."
A roller coaster memory ride through the McCarthy era. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1994

"More such analysis of larger issues would have been welcome, but the book's strength is in the details."
A historian who taught for 12 years in Mississippi presents a thorough and sensitive study of the struggle for civil rights in what was at the time the nation's most racially repressive state. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"It doesn't analyze anything, but for all that, it's a pretty gripping account of dirty war."
A gung-ho account of 27 years in Special Forces. 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 >