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"In the Country of Brooklyn: Inspiration to the World"

Book Review

A new book about Brooklyn. Hmmm?

As the authors of IT HAPPENED IN BROOKLYN, the one the critics have called the definitive book on the subject, we were naturally most anxious to make the acquaintance of the new kid on the block: "In the Country of Brooklyn: Inspiration to the World" by Peter Golenbock (William Morrow, 704 pages, $32.95).

Our book is an oral history with over 100 voices features, hundreds of photos, set in the time period of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
The book written by the prolific Mr. Golenbock is quite different but also a winner. It probes and celebrates and explains 350 years of the borough that is now hipper than ever through the voices of such as Daily Worker sportswriter Lester Rodney,  DJ "Cousin Brucie" Morrow , labor leader Henry Foner, Curtis Sliwa,  Guardian Angels founder, Pete Hamill,  Baseball Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, songwriter Neil Sedaka, ACLU president Ira Glasser and many more.
"In the Country of Brooklyn: Inspiration to the World" is a  passionate exploration of what has made Brooklyn what it is with special attention to the liberal ethos that has always permeated the borough.
"Where," one of the voices in our book asks, did Jackie Robinson come to if not Brooklyn?
Mr. Golenbock has produced a winner. One in seven in the United States can trace roots back to Brooklyn and all of them should pick up a copy of his terrific tome.    

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About the Authors:  Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. More about these authors.

You can contact the Frommers at: 

Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU

This Article is Copyright 1995 - 2012 by Harvey and Myrna Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.

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