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    Raves for Terrific Tomes from Yale University Press

Book Review

Tremendous output. True quality. Impressive range. These are just a few of the phrases that come to mind when one reads a “library” of exceptional books from Yale University Press.

“Gustav Mahler” by Jens Malte Fischer is a jam packed and incredibly organized almost 800 pages on the great composer and also his life and times. We are there with him in his early years, his time in Vienna as a conductor, his personal life and failed marriage, his stints with the Met in New York as well as the Philharmonic. Fischer also goes into depth about the suffering Mahler felt from anti-Semitism in Austria. MUST READ.

“Vauxhall Gardens” by David Coke and Alan Borg is almost 500 pages long, a coffee table treat of images and explanations, stories and analyses – all carefully crafted to present a history of this “sweet spot” in London. For almost 200 years until their closing in 1859, “the pleasure gardens” occupied a special place in the life of Londoners. The authors have written an important book and in their words a straightforward but comprehensive work entirely based on new research. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

“Empire to Nation: Art, History and the Visualization of Maritime Britain 1768-1829” by Geoff Quilley probably has much appeal for a specialized audience but even a general reader will find a lot to be interested in. The book’s main focus is on the image of the sea in British visual culture at a time when the country’s art and naval power were expanding.

Frank McLynn’s “The Burma Campaign” ($35.00, 532 pages) is a novel and detailed look at what its sub-title views as “disaster into triumph 1942-1945.” The author views that harrowing and heroic time through the biographical lens of the four over the top Allied commanders.

Harold Bloom’s “The Shadow of a Great Rock” ($28.00, 341 pages)    and Nigel Warburton’s  “A Little History of Philosophy” ($25.00, 288 pages) are both special treats for the mind.

Bloom’s wondrous tome is billed as “A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible.” That it is and there is so much food for thought and ardor here. MOST NOTABLE.

Warburton’s efforts are focused on stories in 40 brief but full chapters on philosophers, the major philosophies, and fascinating stories of the lives and deaths of philosophers from Socrates on. NOURISHMENT FOR THE MIND.

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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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