What were you reading 25 years ago (assuming you’re of a “certain age” group)? Any of these books ring a bell?
I was 22 in 1988, the year I graduated from Rosary College (now Dominican University) with my B.A. in English literature. (There goes lying about my age.) I wasn’t reading much that year – the last semester of college and a summer spent trying to find a job taking up most of my time – and what I was reading had been generally written in the Victorian era, a preference I held onto for a long stretch of time. All I’ve read from this list is Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities.
Interesting to see what public reading taste was like a quarter century (gulp) ago. I’d like to know how relevant THRIVING ON CHAOS, THE CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN MIND, CHAOS and THE GREAT DEPRESSION OF 1990 are today, the author of the last work apparently not aware what the internet would do for business in that decade nor how far we’d fall once the bubble burst.
Any of these sound familiar?:
The New York Times Best Seller List
February 28, 1988
1 THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES, by Tom Wolfe. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux,
$19.95.) A bond trader caught in the jungles of New York.
2 PRESUMED INNOCENT, by Scott Turow. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $18.95.)
A brutal murder creates a crisis among a big city’s politicians.
3 KALEIDOSCOPE, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte, $18.95.) Three sisters,
separated by fate, and the lawyer whose mission is to find and reunite them.
4 THE TOMMYKNOCKERS, by Stephen King. (Putnam, $19.95.) Two writers’
zealous attempt to unearth mysterious artifacts creates nightmares in a
5 2061: Odyssey Three, by Arthur C. Clarke. (Del Rey/Ballantine, $17.95.)
Continuing the space saga begun in ”2001” and ”2010.”
6 LIGHTNING, by Dean R. Koontz. (Putnam, $18.95.) A mysterious stranger
saves a woman from a series of dangers and disasters.
7 WINTERS’ TALES, by Jonathan Winters. (Random House, $13.95.) Unusual
short stories by the comedian and television personality.
8 PATRIOT GAMES, by Tom Clancy. (Putnam, $19.95.) The C.I.A.’s Jack
Ryan battles terrorists in England, Ireland and America.
9 WINTER, by Len Deighton. (Knopf, $19.95.) The experiences of a Berlin
family, from Kaiser Wilhelm to Adolf Hitler.
10 THE TENANTS OF TIME, by Thomas Flanagan. (Abrahams/Dutton,
$21.95.) Turmoil and rebellion in 19th-century Ireland, observed through the
eyes and voices of many witnesses.
11 MORTAL FEAR, by Robin Cook. (Putnam, $17.95.) The death of a
distinguished biologist leads to discoveries about medical science’s
mysteries and Boston’s nether world.
12 BELOVED, by Toni Morrison. (Knopf, $18.95.) Memories of her past haunt
an escaped slave in post-Civil War Ohio. Winner: Pulitzer Prize 1988
13 MONGOOSE R.I.P., by William F. Buckley Jr. (Random House, $17.95.)
Blackford Oakes in charge of a secret operation involving Fidel Castro,
Soviet missiles and President Kennedy’s death.
14 THE SHELL SEEKERS, by Rosamunde Pilcher. (St. Martin’s, $19.95.) A
woman and a painting tie together three generations of an English family.
15 LEAVING HOME, by Garrison Keillor. (Viking, $18.95.) A collection of Lake
Wobegon monologues, from the radio program ”A Prairie Home
1 TRUMP: The Art of the Deal, by Donald J. Trump with Tony Schwartz.
(Random House, $19.95.) The career and business style of the New York
2 THE RISE AND FALL OF THE GREAT POWERS, by Paul Kennedy.
(Random House, $24.95.) How economic and military forces affected the
fortunes of great nations in the past 500 years.
3 THE PRIZE PULITZER, by Roxanne Pulitzer with Kathleen Maxa. (Villard,
$17.95.) Life in Palm Beach’s steamy rich society recalled by a woman who
married into it.
4 LOVE, MEDICINE & MIRACLES, by Bernie S. Siegel. (Harper & Row,
$17.95.) A surgeon stresses the importance of the patient’s mind and
5 THE CAT WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS, by Cleveland Amory. (Little,
Brown, $15.95.) A self- styled curmudgeon’s memoir of a cat.
6 THRIVING ON CHAOS, by Tom Peters. (Knopf, $19.95.) The author
discusses how companies can survive in today’s and tomorrow’s turbulent
7 THE CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN MIND, by Allan Bloom. (Simon &
Schuster, $18.95.) A critique of liberal arts education during the past 25
8 DETOUR, by Cheryl Crane with Cliff Jahr. (Arbor House/Morrow, $18.95.)
Lana Turner’s daughter recalls the circumstances under which she killed her
mother’s gangster boyfriend 30 years ago.
9 CHAOS, by James Gleick. (Viking, $19.95.) An account of a fast-developing
new science that involves disorder, arrhythmia and the bizarre and the
random in nature.
10 KEEPING SECRETS, by Suzanne Somers. (Warner, $17.95.) The actress
recalls her experience as the daughter of an alcoholic.
11 TIME FLIES, by Bill Cosby. (Dolphin/Doubleday, $15.95.) Counting his
blessings and his losses, the television star muses on life at 50.
12 THE GREAT DEPRESSION OF 1990, by Ravi Batra. (Simon & Schuster,
$17.95.) An economist’s dire predictions about the coming decade. **(None available in system)
13 SPYCATCHER, by Peter Wright with Paul Greengrass. (Viking, $19.95.)
The autobiography of a former senior member of the British secret service.
14 OSCAR WILDE, by Richard Ellmann. (Knopf, $24.95.) The life of the
dramatist, essayist, poet and wit. **(None available in system)
15 THE SECRET OF INNER STRENGTH, by Chuck Norris with Joe Hyams.
(Little, Brown, $16.95.) The life of the martial arts champion and movie star. **(None available in system)
What else was happening in 1988?
Jan 3rd – Margaret Thatcher becomes longest-serving British PM this century
Jan 16th – Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder fired from CBS for racial remarks
Jan 25th – VP Bush & Dan Rather clash on “CBS Evening News” as Rather attempts to question Bush about his role in Iran-Contra affair
Feb 13th – 15th Winter Olympic games opens at Calgary, Canada
Feb 15th – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Feb 23rd – Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights & play up to 18 night games
Apr 7th – Russia announced it would withdraw its troops from Afghanistan
Apr 12th – Sonny Bono elected mayor of Palm Springs Calif
Apr 14th – USSR, US, Pakistan & Afghanistan sign Afghanistan treaty
Jun 3rd – “Big,” premieres in US
Jun 6th – George Bush makes campaign promise to support reparations for WW II
Jun 17th – Microsoft releases MS DOS 4.0
Jun 30th – Chicago agrees to build a new stadium so White Sox won’t move to Fla
Jul 27th – Radio Shack announces Tandy 1000 SL computer
Jul 31st – Last Playboy club closes (Lansing Michigan)
Aug 1st – Rush Limbaugh begins his national radio show.
Aug 9th – Cubs beat Mets 6-4 in their 1st official night game at Wrigley Field
Aug 11th – Al-Qaeda formed
Aug 12th – Movie “Last Temptation of Christ” is released
Aug 18th – Republican Convention in New Orleans select Bush-Quayle ticket
Oct 1st – Mikhail Gorbachev became president of Soviet Union
Oct 20th – LA Dodgers beat Oakland A’s in baseball’s 85th World Series 4 games to 1
Oct 21st – Ferdinand & Imelda Marcos indicted on racketeering charges
Nov 8th – George Bush (R) beats Mike Dukakis (D) for presidency
Dec 21st – Pan AM Flight 103 was destroyed by a bomb killing 243 passengers and 16 crew (also known as the Lockerbie bombing)
– Lisa Guidarini