History Book Reviews (page 918)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"This is a shame, for there is undoubtedly an interesting backstage story here—but one that needs a light, acerbic touch to bring it to life."
The story of the tortuous negotiations between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the two Koreas over the staging of the 1988 summer Olympics in Seoul takes the reader into the heart of Cold War politics in all its paranoid splendor. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Schell doesn't give as immediate a sense of life in China as do Kristof and WuDunn in China Wakes (p. 826), nor has he travelled as widely, but he brings great analytical power and understanding to one of the most important political stories of our time. (Author tour)"
The latest in a splendid series by Schell (Discos and Democracy, 1988, etc.), extending over 20 years and tracking momentous changes in the world's most populous country. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Passionate, exhaustively researched, and original. (Photos and maps, not seen)"
An expansive history of Western civilization's evolving conception of the human body and that concept's influence on the erection of cities. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A good yarn with an appealing protagonist that inspires sadness for the Peruvian people and much distaste for their government. (8 pages b&w photos)"
A memorable report of a monthlong 1992 expedition to Peru, featuring daring, drugs, and despotism. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Worthy, especially in the classroom, but neither groundbreaking nor definitive. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An often stimulating survey of how blacks have been portrayed in popular culture. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A powerful and important volume."
An angry, impassioned book from a journalist who has seen the Bosnian conflict at its worst. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Japan."
A decidedly schizophrenic examination of changing attitudes towards work, family, and the status of women in modern Japan. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Until we know whether and how Hanan Ashrawi will contribute to the humanitarian nature of a possible Palestinian state, any biography of her, particularly one as lacking in historical and biographical depth as Victor's, is premature."
A superficial, unreliable profile of the PLO's often articulate, photogenic spokesperson during part of the Intifada, and particularly during the Madrid and Washington negotiations with Israel (199193). Read full book review >
BACK TO THE BATCAVE by Adam West
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Holy Publishing Event,'' but there's good fun for Batfans."
An amiably ungrandiose, entertaining memoir of TV's Batman by the Caped Crusader himself. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A careful, considered, judicious biography, but uninspired and oh, so long."
This study of Irish leader Charles Stewart Parnell's impact on Irish nationalism and on the course of British politics traverses an already well-traveled road. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Steele is better on contemporary events than on history, and better on politics than on society at large, but his deep knowledge of Russia over the last three decades gives his conclusions great and worrisome authority."
An informed and gloomy appraisal of the prospects for democracy in Russia from the longtime Moscow corespondent of the (Manchester) Guardian, who concludes that the present political system may be one of the many revolutions from above in Russian history that end in failure. Read full book review >
NIXON RECONSIDERED by Joan Hoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 1994

"This purportedly groundbreaking analysis of Nixon's complex legacy only reiterates what earlier studies have already established: that Nixon was an activist president who had some enduring influence on American government and policy."
The timing certainly couldn't be better for these revisionist musings, which are intended to turn conventional wisdom about Nixon's achievements as president on its head. 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 >