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  The Book Review: "Culture of Corruption," "Blood's A Rover" and "The Meaning of Life"

Book Review

 

Headline-making, filled with all kinds of insider information, as timely as tomorrow's news, Michelle Malkin's "Culture of Corruption" (Regnery, $27.95, 375 pages) should be required reading for anyone interested in what's happening in American politics today. The sub-title is a bit harsh, but maybe not: "Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies."  The peripatetic Malkin a best-selling author -- backs up her findings with many pages of notes and much quoted material. 

 
James Ellroy's "Blood's A Rover" (Knopf, $29, 600+ pages) is a page-turner and riveting reading by the author of "L.A. Confidential." Political-noir that begins this way: "Los Angeles, 2/24/64   SUDDENLY: The milk truck cut a shap right turn and grazed the the curb. The driver lost the wheel. He panic-popped the brakes. He induced a rear-end skid. A Wells Fargo armored car clipped the milk truck side/head-on." 
 
And the rest is you to read. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
    
Culled from the pages of "Esquire Magazine," "The Meaning of Life" (Hearst Books, $22.95, 160 pages) is an oversized look at 64 individuals who through the years have  adorned the pages of the iconic magazine. Individuals represented range from Muhammad Ali to biologist E. O. Wilson and also include such as Al Pacino, Jesse Jackson, Ted Williams, and Jack Lalanne. 

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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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