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"The Gardener Heist" - "Age Is Just a Number"

Book Review

"The Gardner Heist" by Ulrich Boser (Smithsonian, $25.95, 260 pages) is a page turner!  Engrossing, entertaining, it is a work that takes the reader into a universe of detectives and con men, the world of art dealers and experts. It is a carefully crafted account of what many have called "the world's largest unsolved art theft."

Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was broken into on March 18, 1990. $500-million worth of priceless art was taken by two men - - the biggest heist in American history. Despite a $5-million reward and thousands of  leads - - not one piece of art has ever been recovered.

Writing as an art lover and a myster writer, Boser holds the reader's attention throughout even positing that mobster David Turner was the man behind the whole operation. This is a book that can easily be read in one sitting, one that you won't soon forget.

"Age Is Just A Number" by Dara Torres (Broadway, $24.95, 227 pages) is a moving memoir put together by the Olympic swimming gold medalist. It a recounting of how a 41-year-old mother (the first American to ever compete in five Olympics) took three silver medals in Beijing.

Inspirational and informative, "Age Is Just A Number" is a work that is very likable, one that takes the reader into the heart and mind and body of one determined personality.

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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.

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

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