Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 68)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 30, 2003

"Even if you sometimes suspect that Braudy is stretching here and there to suit his thesis, his learned explorations are wonderfully engaging and provocative. A first-class work of cultural history, thoroughly impressive in scope and skill."
War changes a man, writes the distinguished cultural historian Braudy—and a woman, too, and all who fall between the dichotomous poles. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2003

"A first-rate, well-balanced blend of personal and cultural history."
A superbly rendered life of the painter, sculptor, and photographer best known for his invention of the electromagnetic telegraph. Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 21, 2003

"Poetry in paragraphs."
As ebullient as Walt Whitman and as succinct as Emily Dickinson, a young novelist (John Henry Days, 2001, etc.) looses his five senses on his native New York City—and allows the sixth some play, as well. Read full book review >
IN BLACK AND WHITE by Wil Haygood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2003

"An American life considered with art and understanding in a major work of biography. (40 photos in text)"
Robust update and emendation of the entertainer's well-known autobiography. Read full book review >
DISARMED by Gregory Curtis
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 8, 2003

"Lush, learned, and surpassingly entertaining. (21 illustrations)"
A brisk and brilliant trot through the history of one of the world's most famous pieces of sculpture and through the lives of those who fashioned her, lost her, found her, claimed her, bought her, displayed and otherwise adored her. Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 7, 2003

"A superb work of true crime—and an altogether remarkable exercise in what might be called judicial archaeology."
A particularly notorious, long-overlooked ethnic incident in southern history comes in for careful reconsideration, and many are found wanting in the bargain. Read full book review >
THE STORYTELLER’S DAUGHTER by Saira Shah
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 2, 2003

"A powerful memoir and an unforgettable portrait of a land and a people."
Adventure-filled account of an intrepid young British-Afghan woman's search for cultural identity. Read full book review >
GELLHORN by Caroline Moorehead
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A tough woman and marvelous writer gets her due."
A grand journalist and feminist emerges from Papa's shadow in this high-toned—but oh-so-juicy—life by veteran biographer Moorehead (Dunant's Dream, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A magnificent account, swift and compelling, of obsession, scholarship, and, ultimately, philanthropy of the first magnitude. (30 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
The conception, gestation, and birth of the world's most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Informative and entertaining, full of vivid stories that reveal not only what women were doing but how they felt about it."
Illuminating cultural history of American women from the first colonists to the present day. Read full book review >
WHERE I WAS FROM by Joan Didion
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 29, 2003

"Demonstrates how very thin is the gilt on the Golden State."
With humor, history, nostalgia, and acerbity, Didion (Political Fictions, 2001, etc.) considers the conundrums of California, her beloved home state. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 26, 2003

"A remarkable story that resonates with intelligence and insight."
The author of The Jew Store (1998), which vividly described growing up in a small Tennessee town where her relatives were the only Jews, just as memorably recalls her peripatetic life as a war bride. 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 >