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Book Review



HIGHLY VISUAL: From "Sports Illustrated" comes "Exposure" photographs by Raphael Mazzucco ($29.95, 139 pages). A team of eight gorgeous supermodels primped and posed for him for nine days on a Caribbean island. Talk about a rough job. Anyway, this is the ultimate coffee table book.

NOT EVEN WRONG: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law"  by Peter Woit (Basic Books, $26.00, ) is an intriguing and important book dealing with the thesis that far from being key to the major unification in physics, string theory is not even solid science. Woit, a lecturer in the Mathematics Department at Columbia, is able to put forward an intriguing, entertaining and sobering call to arms urging physicists to follow multiple paths seeking truth, nit funding. 

If you loved a "Chorus Line," if you're planning on seeing the revival - "Time Steps" by Donna McKechnie (Simon and Scuster, $25.00, 289 pages) is the book for you. The Tony Award winner in the original "Chorus Line," McKechnie has been part of the Broadway scene since 1961 when she ran away from home in Detroit when her parents refused to let her join a touring troupe. The rest, as they say, is history - and what history it is - a time as a gypsy in all kinds of shows, meeting Michael Bennett and the sea change in her life. This is a book that brings us face to face with such as Bennett, Bob Fosse, Harold Prince, Gwen Verdon, Stephen Sondheim. Honest and moving, it's a terrific read.

For those of you who love thrillers  - two to really love are by masters of the genre. There is John LeCarre's "The Mission Song" (Little, Brown and Company, $26.99, 352 pages) and Frederick Forsyth's "The Afghan" (G.P. Putnam's Sons, $26.95, 343 pages).

Both books are as timely as today's headlines. 

"The Mission Song" is a series of twists and turns set in Africa, western financiers and East Congolese warlords, British intelligence -  a hell of a read.

"The Afghan" is highly readable, engrossing.  It begins with an inercepted cell phone call and we are there with British Special Forces vet Mike Martin in Scotland, Cuba, the Middle East, Maylasia and the waters of the Atlantic. Taliban and Al Qaeda. Another hell of a read.


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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

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