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“The Publisher” and Other Special Books

The Book Review

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 NOTABLE

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 the way.

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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

This Article is Copyright © 1995 - 2012 by Harvey and Myrna Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.

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