Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 502)

THE NEW YORK IDEA by Mario Cuomo
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 11, 1994

"Perhaps Cuomo's future campaign committee will buy and distribute this book; it has little other purpose."
An odd, self-serving mix—part New York handbook, part explanation of recent state initiatives, part future campaign manifesto—from New York's governor (Diaries of Mario M. Cuomo, 1984). Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 9, 1994

"But despite these flaws, Unequal Protection is likely to be an eye-opener—both to those who are not aware of discriminatory environmental policies and to those who are."
This anthology explores the history of environmental racism (the locating of an unfair share of toxic hazards in communities of color) and provides case studies from around the country of blatant discrimination. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 3, 1994

A sprawling, vivid look at the fate of Europe's artworks during WW II. ``Never,'' states Nicholas in her admirably accomplished first book, ``had works of art been so important to a political movement and never had they been moved about on such a vast scale....'' Charting this unprecedented movement, Nicholas begins with the Nazis' twofold ``purification'' effort to ban ``degenerate'' culture and to scour public and private collections of enemy lands and races for nobly Germanic art. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 2, 1994

"A valuable, multidimensional history of a crucial period in Cold War and Mideast history."
An intimate, full, and insightful account of the Suez Crisis from the then head of the Israeli chief of staff's bureau. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 1994

"Some Perot supporters and other centrist dissidents may find this book useful, but it is hardly a convincing argument that a three-party system is the solution to our electoral problems."
An incomplete, if sometimes stimulating, analysis of discontent in the electorate and the prospects for a new centrist political party. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 2, 1994

"A heart-rending look at the permanent ruin war can wreak in any age."
In a brilliantly creative extended analogy, psychiatrist Shay (Tufts Medical School) persuasively argues that the experiences and behavior of traumatized Vietnam veterans echo those of Achilles in Homer's Iliad. Read full book review >
THE RISE OF DAVID DUKE by Tyler Bridges
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Until that biography arrives, this will be a vital resource. (40 b&w photos, not seen)"
A sobering, solidly researched portrait of the politically adept ``twisted fanatic'' who gained a majority of white votes in two statewide Louisiana races. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1994

"Reliance on dialogue-rich scenes sometimes sacrifices depth for drama, but this is a memorable and disturbing reminder of much unfinished urban business."
Two veteran Washington journalists offer a vigorous and resonant portrait of the 30-year decline and polarization of our capital. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"A fascinating glimpse inside the sometimes arcane and always political workings of the US Supreme Court and one of its influential members."
An exhaustive and informative biography of a previously neglected Supreme Court justice, written by one his former clerks. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1994

"A good read that sheds light not just on US ties with a particular country, but on the personal and even idiosyncratic ways in which US foreign policy is sometimes made."
CBS correspondent Dan Raviv and Israeli journalist Yossi Melman (Every Spy a Prince, 1990) explore the special but often troubled relationship between Israel and the US. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Much better at deconstruction than solutions, but an accessible catalogue for those questioning the new status quo."
A progressive journalist offers a tonic, conversational critique of the Clinton era. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1994

"His book will appeal—and offer new ideas—to conservatives and liberals alike."
A savvy look at how the feelings aroused by TV contribute to our political alienation. 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 >