“The Publisher” and Other
Timely. Absorbing. A work of great scholarship.
Insightful. A must find time to read.
All of those words and phrases come to mind as one
makes his or her way through the 531 pages of “The Publisher” by Alan
Brinkley (Knopf, $35.00), the brilliant biography of Henry Luce.
The man who founded Time, Fortune and Life magazines
and changed the way news and features came to the reading public, Luce
started slowly as the son of missionaries in rural China. But once he
got going there was no stopping him. What he was, what he accomplished –
all came at a personal price. It takes a writer with the skills and
smarts of an Alan Brinkley to bring the publisher to life. HIIGHLY
From Modern Library Paperbacks comes two collections
from the New Yorker edited by its editor David Remnick - - (“Secret
Ingredients, the Book of Food and Drink,” $18.00, 582 pages) and
(“Disquiet, Please! More Humor Writing From the New Yorker” $18.00, 522
pages). The twin tomes are just terrific – works to browse, to keep
handy on a coffee table or bookshelf, to throw in a bag for the next
vacation. MUST HAVE
“Truckin’ with Sam” by Lee Gutkind (Suny Press, 185
pages) is a memoir of an older father Lee (he became a dad at age 47)and
son Sam and their bonding in a pickup truck and their adventures along
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