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       Winston Churchill's War" and "Hellbound On His Trail"

The Book Review

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. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
 
"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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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.

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