Churchill's War" and "Hellbound On His Trail"
Two riveting reads. Two books with sharply
contrasting content. Two books with much content. Two books that
belong on your summer reading list.
"Winston Churchill's War" by Max Hastings (Knopf,
$35.00, 555 pages) is focused on the years 1940-1945. We are brought
up close and personal into the vices and virtues of the Tory
politico who saved Britain and the world, too, as he waged a life
and death battle against Hitler and Nazism.
The subject matter of the book has been covered
before in a number of tomes but never in so much detail, never with
as much honesty. This is a full portrait of the great and
no-so-great Churchill.It is riveting and required reading for all
interested in this momentous time in the history of the world.
"Hellbound On His Trail" by Hampton Sides (Doubleday,
$28.95, 459 pages) is one of those books that comes along and leaves
the reader mesmerized by its reach, scope and content. This is a
page turner focusing as it does on the lives of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. and escaped convict and assassin James Earl Ray. The
book's sub-title proclaims that it is about "The Stalking of Martin
Luther King, Jr., and the International Hunt for his Assassin." The
book is all about that, a spellbinder.
It is also about King, feeling pressured by a
flagging civil rights movement, hung up by presentiments of dying
and death. It is about the deranged Ray who led a life not worth
living who reached out to take the life of one of the great and
beloved figures of the 20th century. NOTABLE.
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