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All Winners: Africa, An Artist's Safari, Atlas of the World, Concise history of the World, Dante's Paradise

Book Review

For browsing, reading, for coffee table placement, for research - there's a trio of books just perfect for you to own.

"Africa, an Artist's Safari" by Fred Krakowiak (Maverick Brush Strokes, $39.95, 133 pages) is an exciting and educational tour of Southern Africa in artful art and textured text by one of the world's leading and most important artists in wildlife. The book is a memoir, a travel tour, and a tribute to some of the most unique and amazing creatures in the world.

Highly Recommended.

"The Atlas of the World" (Oxford, $80.00, almost 500 pages and over-sized)is one of the wonders of publishing containing almost anything and everything one would want to know about our remarkable globe. The up-to-date compendium has stats, charts, tables, graphs and concise and exceptionall well written content so that the reader has the world at his or her fingertips. Highly Recommended.

"Concise History of the World" edited by Neil Kagan (National Geographic, $40.00, 416 pages) is a mother lode of data, images, writing focused on the happenings from the dawn of civilization to contemporary times. Its conciseness typified by its timelines on each page is just one of the remarkable features of a very remarkable book. Highly Recommended.

"Dante's Paradiso," a verse translation by Robert and Jean Hollander (Doubleday, $40.00, pages) is a new version of the classic and may be the most enduring, the most accessible, the greatest intellectual feast. The scholars Hollander provide priceless and brilliant commentary that sets this treatment of Dante's Paradiso head and shoulders above all those that have come before.

Highly Recommended.

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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
Web: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~frommer/travel.htm.

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

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