Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 501)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1994

"Highly recommended—convincing and comprehensive."
Its subtitle notwithstanding, this is not a polemic but a cool and balanced analysis of our ailing health care system. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT by Mark Tessler
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1994

"An extensive scholarly presentation of a difficult modern conflict in which the road to peace has been all too frequently obscured."
A dense, well-annotated portrait of Jewish and Arab histories, national aspirations, and conflicts, focusing on the origins of modern Zionism and Arab nationalism with a view to the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1994

"Though Walzer could show himself more aware of some issues, especially gender and race, this is a well-argued, if not always energetic, set of carefully wrought ideas on the state of public moral debate."
Walzer (The Company of Critics, 1988, etc.) thoughtfully answers objections to his many influential volumes of social criticism. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 31, 1994

"If we should learn to think of public service as a reward, not a calling, and the Supreme Court as a check on majority tyranny rather than a parallel force of public will, then shouldn't he have written more about how to change public attitudes?"
An evenhanded, thoughtful, but ultimately frustrating analysis of the sound-bite-driven confirmation process, by a scholar who regularly ventures into the public debate. Read full book review >
DILLINGER by G. Russell Girardin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 31, 1994

"Eminently revealing and enjoyable."
Initially written (but never published) in the 1930s, this biography of notorious gangster John Dillinger has the authentic flavor of the era, bolstered by its coauthor's firsthand contact with some of the leading players. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 26, 1994

"As the events of WW II fade from living memory, this book will hopefully preserve the work of that era's journalists for generations to come."
An outstanding and colorful account of the men and women who covered WW II for newspapers and radio. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 25, 1994

"Unfortunately, having vented so much spleen on the bad guys, he has little space left for a positive message."
In an openly partisan book, the former congressman and secretary of the interior attacks those he deems responsible for wars both hot and cold, for misguided foreign policies, and for out-and-out lies and cover-ups. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 22, 1994

"A conservative argument against increasing government regulation and bureaucratization of American medicine in the tradition of such free-market thinkers as Milton Friedman."
A formulaic, if impassioned, Rx by the executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, whose answer to runaway medical costs and uneven care is to put patients, not health care managers, back in the driver's seat. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 1994

"Yet, despite past victories, he is only too aware of the continuing, desperate plight of the African-American underclass."
Greenberg (Race Relations in American History, not reviewed), former head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, recounts the revolutionary and riveting saga of the fight for civil rights in the 1950s and '60s. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 16, 1994

"A highly detailed, encompassing account that is both clear and complex, honoring the intricacies and complexity of America's deepest problem."
A philosophical and factual history of race relations in this country. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 1994

"This is fun to read as the names drop, but it offers more titillation than insight into a woman who rode out from a proper Dorset upbringing to adventure, wealth, power—and acknowledged achievement."
If the current US ambassador to France, Pamela Harriman, had spent as much time on her back as this book suggests, she would never have had the time to do the world-class housekeeping and flower arrangements that allegedly endeared her to her lovers—let alone become an authority on antiques, bring together historic personalities for global policy discussions, or raise millions of dollars for the Democratic party. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 1994

"The sense of immediacy in Beals's well-crafted account makes the events seem like they happened yesterday."
A profoundly uplifting—and also a profoundly depressing- -account of the integration of Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. 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 >