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“Thirteen Days in September” & “The Art of Adapting”

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Written by acclaimed sports author and oral historian Harvey Frommer, with an intro by pro football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, When It Was Just a Game tells the fascinating story of the ground-breaking AFL–NFL World Championship Football game played on January 15, 1967: Packers vs. Chiefs. Filled with new insights, containing commentary from the unpublished memoir of Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram, featuring oral history from many who were at the game—media, players, coaches, fans—the book is mainly in the words of those who lived it and saw it go on to become the Super Bowl, the greatest sports attraction the world has ever known. Archival photographs and drawings help bring the event to life.


 “Thirteen Days in September” & “The Art of Adapting”

Two books as different from each other as can be are the focus of this review. One deals with a fateful meeting among leaders that changed the course of history. The other is a novel about a recently separated woman and her challenges.

“Thirteen Days in September” by Lawrence Wright (Knopf, $27.95, 245 pages) is a masterpiece. Compelling, informative, as timely as today’s headlines, its focus is on the meeting at Camp David of President Carter, Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat.

Wright, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Looming Tower, is at the very top of his game in his newest effort as takes us day-by-day into the interplay of the three world leaders at that 1978 conference. The book includes a brief background history of Egyptian-Israeli relations that goes back to the Exodus The story of three powerful men representing three major religions gives the book texture and nuance. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“The Art of Adapting” by Cassandra Dunn (Touchstone, $25.00, 354 pages) mixes together four voices Lana, Matt, Byron and Abby in a dramatic story of how and why families look out for and help each other. Brother Matt has Asperger’s Syndrome but provides a very unexpected anchor for sister Lana, the newly separated mother of teenagers.

Dunn’s writing is moving, at times inspiring. “The Art of Adapting” is about coping, surviving and prevailing. There is much of all of us in this graceful book.  It is a NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT.           

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You can reach Harvey Frommer at:   

Email:  harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU 

About the Author:

Harvey Frommer is in his  38th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to acclaim in 2011.  The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was Just a Game, An Oral History on Super Bowel One. 

His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, USA Today, Men's Heath, The Sporting News, among other publications.

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Harvey Frommer along with his wife, Myrna Katz  Frommer are the authors of five critically acclaimed oral/cultural histories, professors at Dartmouth  College, and travel writers who specialize in cultural history, food, wine, and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. 

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