Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 505)

THE SOUL OF THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY by George M. Marsden
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Released: April 1, 1994

"Jewish or Catholic institutions, most Southern and African-American colleges, and conservative Protestant colleges."
In pleading for universities to give religious teachings the same respect they give feminist and multicultural perspectives, Marsden (History/Notre Dame, The Secularization of the Academy, etc.) cogently argues that major American universities, founded essentially as religious institutions, are now so hostile to religion that they largely exclude religious viewpoints. Read full book review >
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Released: April 1, 1994

An angry and vengeful account of an act of possibly-not- gratuitous violence that turned a 14-year-old into a quadriplegic. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A savvy reckoning of the cost of the zero-sum games the American people play."
A we-have-met-the-enemy-and-he-is-us tract that, for all its evenhanded approach to an obvious dilemma, appears as likely to attract bipartisan opprobrium as to spark a debate on the overburdened state of the union. Read full book review >
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Released: April 1, 1994

"Photos and helpful tabular material throughout."
A scholar's original and illuminating interpretation of what makes Japan a power to be reckoned with in the global village's marketplace. Read full book review >
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Released: April 1, 1994

"Lamentably, Flake's discursive prose and scattershot approach to reporting facts and events paints a somewhat bland, albeit accurate, portrait of a city well-known for its spicy cuisine."
An informative if somewhat longwinded paean to the dying traditions that fuel the annual Carnival, as well as a portrait of changing times in the Crescent City. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"In brief, then, an interpretive, warts-and-all portrait of a consequential conservative. (8 pages of photos—not seen.)"
Herzstein (History/Univ. of South Carolina) offers a liberal's critical appraisal of the life, times, and fortunes of Henry Robinson Luce at the height of his considerable powers during the convulsive period that preceded and encompassed WW II. Read full book review >
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Released: April 1, 1994

"An important social document, though not consistently successful as a piece of literature."
Noted Chinese novelist Pu Ning recounts in the first person the harrowing trials of Han Wei-tien, arrested in 1951 on charges that he spied for Chiang Kai-shek. Read full book review >
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Released: March 30, 1994

Through her experiences as both reporter and victim of the vicious Colombian drug cartels, Duz†n reveals the symbiotic yet deadly relationship between the drug bosses and her country's political and economic history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 1994

"A grim book that weighs vital questions of guilt, responsibility, and forgiveness."
The story of an SS war criminal, seen through the eyes of Holocaust survivors, and how it took 50 years to bring him to justice. Read full book review >
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Released: March 28, 1994

"Not greatly argued, then, but a high and useful appeal for action."
The legal and routine torture of criminals was abolished in the 19th century, Millett (The Loony-Bin Trip, 1990, etc.) maintains; but torture made a comeback in the 20th century against political enemies of the state, and now half the world's countries use torture to control and intimidate their own citizens. Read full book review >
THE NEW SUPERREGIONS OF EUROPE by Darrell Delamaide
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Released: March 17, 1994

"That problem notwithstanding, Superregions is full of good ideas, and a fine guide for researchers, businesspeople and others interested in Europe's—and everyone's—future. (10 maps—not seen)"
An engaging look at Europe's economic prospects, forcefully demonstrating that the continent's future will depend on furthering regional alliances that transcend outmoded and restrictive national boundaries. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 1994

"Hoyt adds nothing to our knowledge of Mussolini and, though claiming to take a fresh look at Il Duce, seems only to confirm that he was a repugnant figure whose rule was a disaster for Italy."
In this odd revisionist biography of Mussolini, Tokyo-based journalist and historian Hoyt (Now Hear This, 1993, etc. etc.) unconvincingly argues that the Fascist leader ``deserves a better rating than he has yet been given in the West.'' Elected prime minister after the 1922 ``March on Rome,'' Mussolini soon established Europe's first modern dictatorship. 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 >