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Stunning Summer Reads for All Tastes: "The One Percent Doctrine," "Becoming Eichmann," etc.

Book Review



August 2006 is here and so is a notable mix of books for your reading pleasure,  edification, education and escapism.

"The One Percent Doctrine"  by Ron Suskind (Simon and Schuster, $27.00, 367 pages) is as timely as today's headlines. Sub-titled "Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11", the book probes and explains what guides the United States as it goes after enemies. There are startling and controversial revelations about this topic throughout Suskind's amazing work.  Highly recommended.

"Becoming Eichmann" by David Cesarani (Da Capo Press,  $27.50, 458 pages) is a tough book to read, highly disturbing, very important, and like Suskind's work - timely as today's headlines.  It has  been called a "ground breaking bio" and that it is. There is also the controversy that Cesarani introduces to the Eichmann file as he claims that the loathsome Nazi was not a mindless bureaucrat as has been reported but one "hard wired" to commit horrid crimes against Jews.   

From Houghton Mifflin comes another book in the highly relevant, today's headlines category.  Winner of the 2002 Bolivian National Book Award, "Turning's Delirium" ( by Edmundo Paz Soldan, $24,00, 304 pages) is a work of fiction that has the ring of non fiction about it.  A thriller, a book filled with literary characters and  wonderful imagery,   its prime subject matter is set in the town of Rio Fugitivo a place ready for revolution where the revolutionaries employ computer viruses as weapons.   

Two books with a religious (and timely)  bent from National Geographic are "The Gospel of Judas" (edited by Rodolphe Kasser, et al,  $22.00, 185 pages) and "The Lost Gospel" by Herbert Krosney  ($27.00, 309 pages).  The Kasser tome puts forward the thesis that far from being a villain as has always been commonly acknowledged, Judas was a hero. The Krosney book is a riveting almost detective story-like narrative offering a much different spin on one of the most provocative early Church gospels. 


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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.

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Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
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