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Memories of World War II, and Other Remarkable Reads . . .
Book Review

 

We happened to be in Washington, DC for the wedding of our son on the same Memorial Day weekend that the World War II Memorial was officially dedicated. It was an incredibly moving time -not only were there veterans from WWII in attendance in the Mall area, but vets and their families from wars and battles since the time of the Second World War were there as well.


"Memories of World War II" by The Associated Press, Walter Cronkite (Introduction), Bob Dole (Introduction) (Abrams, 176 pages) is a legacy, a masterful evocation of that time. Almost 200 reporters and photographers covered World War II for the Associated Press. Five died. Seven won Pulitzer Prizes.  The book is a tribute to their work, culling as it does 167 photographs from tens of thousands in the archives of AP.


Page after virtual full page black and white photos unfold in a chronicle and visual history of what happened that long ago time. From a smiling Hitler coming to power on September 9, 1934 through the chilling shot of the roundup of Jews in Warsaw, Poland April 19-May 16, 1943 to Normandy, France, June 6, 1944 to the Iwo Jima Volcano Islands, February 19, 1945 to Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945 - fighter planes flying over the USS Missouri in surrender ceremonies ending World War II  - - the book is a keeper!


On a lighter vein "Gardens Around the World : 365 Days"  by Mick Hales (Abrams, $29.95, 744 pages ) showcases more than 150 gardens in the U.S. and Canada; Mexico, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic; England, Ireland, and Northern Ireland; France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal; and India, Sri Lanka, Bali, and China. The text is highly informative; the photos are terrific.


In a gardening mood -"Reliable Roses" by Philip Harkness (Firefly Books, $19.95, 144 pages) is a guide to all one would want to know about the world's most popular garden plant.


"Moche Portraits from Ancient Peru" by Christopher B. Donnan (University of Texas Press, $39.95, 220 pages, 258 color photos) is a look back at a people who lived on the north coast of Peru between AD 100 and 800.   Utilizing almost a thousand examples from museums and private collections Donnan documents how their fabled  portrait tradition evolved, how portraits were produced and distributed, how they were used in Moche society. Incredible stuff.

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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
Web: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~frommer/travel.htm.

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

 

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