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“The Bridge” and “Game Change”  - Two on Obama

The Book Review

From every perspective, in all kinds of mediums, President Barak Obama, gets the up close and personal look. There is so much about him and his administration that is public knowledge. So what else is there to learn? And why two more massive major books about him, his life, his circle, voyage, his place in history? The answers to those questions are in         “The Bridge” and “Game Change.”       

“The Bridge” by David Remnick, editor of the “New Yorker” (Knopf,$29.95, 656 pages) is a work written against the backdrop of race and the quest of the man determined to make history. We are there through all the phases of Obama’s life, walking the pathways he did to reach the peak of American politics. Detailed, dramatic, “The Bridge” is a worthy read.

“Game Change”  by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (Harper,  $27.99, 448 pages) is a work that is a result of hundreds of interviews based on the race for the presidency in 2008. Gripping at times, funny, stunning in its reach – we are taken frontstage and backstage into what the book’s sub-title calls “the Race of a Lifetime.”

NOTABLE: The novel “Occupied City by David Peace (Knopf, $25.95, 271 pages) is based on an actual event. The time post WWII occupied Japan. It is about a mass poisoning, the afterwards and the hidden atrocities that led to the crime. A dozen voices (in a sort of oral history) tell the story from entirely different perspectives. Peace, incredibly gifted and inventive, spins this hypnotic tale, one well worth reading. 

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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.

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