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 “The Prime Ministers” and Walking Israel” and more . . .
The Book Review

Israel always seems to be in the news in one way or the other. Now two new books are out – both with special appeal, both with a special focus.

“The Prime Ministers” by Yehuda Avner (Toby Press, $29.95, 731 pages) is the kind of book one cannot put down – also with its weight – it’s also hard to pick up. But the effort is well worth it as Avner, a witness to history as advisor and English speech writer to Israeli Prime Ministers Rabin, Begin, Meir and Eshkol, as one who has lived in Israel since 1947, as one who had access to never before seen letters, documents, draft speeches – gives us the ultimate insider’s story.

This is behind-the-scenes tour de force: gossip, intellectual arguments, the history that was never reported, the persons behind the personalities.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL

“Walking Israel” by Martin Fletcher (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, $25.99, 320 pages) is sub-titled “A Personal Search for the Soul of a Nation.” That it is. The talented writer who is a special correspondent for NBC news takes us front and center and behind the scenes, to famous and historical landmark areas and also to places it would have been better to have not visited.

Part travelogue, part memoir, part editorial, part narrative non-fiction, “Walking Israel” is an eye opener, an important book. As the eloquent Fletcher said in the publisher’s interview: “Israel gets a raw deal. Israel is a much nicer place than the country they hear about.”   HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL.

Still a young man, Cliff Brodsky author of “I Found God in Hollywood” (Iuniverse, $20.95, 262 pages, paper) has lived a very full and adventurous life. He reveals some of it in his highly readable tome that serves up 30 short stories from the life he once led.  Intermingled are humor, pathos, honesty (“Pot was my God and I knew I was an addict long before I did anything about it”). GOOD READING.

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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.

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