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    “Reckless Endangerment” and Other Worthy Reads

Book Review

If you read one more book this summer or fall, the one to rush out and buy is “Reckles$ Endangerment” by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner (Times Books, Henry Holt), $30.00, 331 pages. As timely as today’s headlines, as important to understand as anything around, this work by the New York Times’s Pulitzer Prize winner provides a step by step, documented account and analysis of how the financial meltdown evolved - -a mix of the finagling and hi jinks and interplay of Wall Street, Washington and mortgage lenders who were corrupt, to put it gently.

Together with Rosner, Morgenson has done us all a service documenting and exposing the actions of watchdogs whose job it was to prevent financial harm to the United States and were actually complicit in the dark deeds that nearly destroyed the American economy. “The Nation” has called Gretchen Morgenson “the most important financial journalist of her generation.” “Reckles$ Endangerment” reveals the truth of this remark.  HIGHLY NOTABLE, MOST IMPORTANT

“in giacometti’s studio” and “Gifts of the Sultan” both from Yale University Press, both impressively over-sized coffee table books, both carefully conceived and executed.

“in giacometti’s studio “by Michael Peppiatt (217 pages) has a narrow and at the same time incredible focus on one the great creative spaces in the art of the 20th century. It is the place in back of Montparnasse where the legendary sculptor Alberto Giacometti worked and lived. Incredible insights about the place, the man and his life abound as do images galore.

“Gifts of the Sultan” by Linda Komoroff (contributions by many others, 336 pages and over-sized and hefty) is a mother lode of words, insights and images on what its sub-title proclaims “the arts of giving at the Islamic Courts.” Beautiful to look at, fascinating to read, this terrific tome is in a class by itself.”

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem” by James Carroll (HMH, $28.00, 418 pages) is a masterpiece. Carroll, a National Book Award winner, has out-done himself in this insightful and analytical account of how the city of Jerusalem from the time of the Bible to today – has held (and continues to hold) a special place in the among the cities of the world.

For the Civil War Reading set all from Harper Publishers – “Grant and Sherman by Charles Bracelen Flood ($16.99, 460 pages, paper) an insightful portrait of the friendship that won the Civil War; “How To Lose the Civil War” by Bill Fawcett ($13.99, 303 pages, paper) focused on military mistakes, and “The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia” by Edward Steers, Jr. ($19.99, 594 pages, paper) is exactly as its title describes, and the New York Times best seller “Southern Storm” by Noah Andre Trudeau ($16.99, 671 pages, paper) focused in depth with all kinds of insights on Sherman’s March to the Sea.

From Wiley comes another book on singing legend Tony Bennett, still going strong at age 85. “All The Things You Are” by David Evanier, $27.00, 346 pages). A lot of the material has been  pored over before and there is some repetition in the book itself, but for lovers of this terrific songster, there is a lot to love in “All The Things You Are.”

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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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