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Summer Reads With a World War II Theme: 
“Eisenhower,” “American Shogun,” “The Commandant,”

George Will called him America’s greatest biographer.Jean Edward Smith is at the top of his game in “Eisenhower in War and Peace” (Random House, $40.00, almost 1,000 pages). Filled with new insights, meticulously researched, carefully crafted, this book presents an ordinary man in extraordinary times who became a bigger-than-life hero. Not a grandstander, not an intellect, not pretentious, Ike was easy to underestimate, easy to like. Detail after detail brings Dwight David Eisenhower to life and we are all the better for it. A NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENT.

“American Shogun” by Robert Harvey (The Overlook Press, $18.95, 480 pages, paper) is riveting reader and heck of an idea for a book. It traces the relationship of General MacArthur and Japanese Emperor Hirohito in post-war Japan. Part double bio, part political history, “American Shogun” is important.

In the same vein of double biography comes “Monty and Rommel” by Peter Caddick-Adams (Overlook Press, $35.00, 614 pages). Military history, an insightful look at two of the top commanders in World War II,  leadership analysis, “Monty and Rommel” belongs on the bookshelf of all World War II buffs.

“The Commandant” (Overlook Press, $17.95, 112 pages) is a large price to pay for a tiny tome whose subject matter to some may seem historically important. To others, they may question why a memoir by the disgusting Rudolph Hoess, SS commandant of Auschwitz should have ever been published.

Book Ends: “Emma Goldman” by Vivian Gornick( Yale,$25.00, 151 pages) is for those interested in the interesting life of a modern radical woman whose thoughts and deeds still have an impact on the world today

especially on liberations movements. The price is high for a 151 page tome, but it is worth it if learning more about Ms. Goldman is what you wish.

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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

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