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As Timely as Today's Headlines: Fleeced, The War Within

Book Review

Daily political headlines compete with each other in this hotly contest election year. It seems that there is no end to news, no end to the twists and turns in the presidential campaigns.
For insights, for fascinating takes, for the stories behind the headlines  - there is "Fleeced" by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann (Harper, 26.95, 337 pages) and "The War Within" by Bob Woodward (Simon & Schuster, $32.00, 487 pages) and "The Dark Side" by Jane Mayer (Doubleday, $27.50, 392 pages).
"Fleeced" has all kinds of conscious raising info on Obama, the Clintons, Hugo Chavez, consumers getting gouged on credit card fees, the Dubai factor and the oppressive pressure on the economy.  A lot of what this timely tome contains is shocking, worth reacting to and knowing about. The book begins this way: "will explain a disastrous array of fleeces that are conspiring to rob the American people of their money, their security, and their way of life."  If that is not enough to catch anyone's  attention! A must read. 
Another "Must Read" is "The War Within," a scrupulously researched work written with intelligence and passion and filled with first hand accounts of the war in Iraq from the middle of 2006 to mid-2008. Leadership, questions of morality, secrecy, governmental behavior all intermingle. Bush bashing has been in vogue for a long time now. To read this book is to realize no amount of denigration of him is enough.   A masterpiece. 
"Einstein's Rabbi: A Tale of Science and the Soul" by Michael M. Cohen Shires Press, Available at Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255 is a novella, which  appropriately came our way during the season of Selichot, is a pilgrimage of self discovery on the part of a young man from a secular family in suburban New Jersey who discovers his Jewish soul via a spontaneous friendship with a neighborhood rabbi who was, for many years, a close confidante of Albert Einstein's. But the story is merely a vehicle for broad philosophical ruminations, historical explications, and spiritual insights into the kaleidoscope of Judaism as the young man becomes increasingly drawn to Jewish life under the informal tutelage of his elderly friend who frequently (and accurately) quotes the famed physicist and, at the same time, encourages his acolyte to ponder his own comments such as "Never confuse belief in God with an understanding of who or what God is."  The meeting of science and religion, the nature of God, the continued relevance of Jewish observance are but some of the profound subjects which emerge in conversations that make up a good portion of this deceptively simple but actually deep and heuristic book.

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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

This Article is Copyright 1995 - 2012 by Harvey and Myrna Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.

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