book review

In the Days of Naismith

Jan 4, 2016

The NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament is arguably the greatest sporting event in the country. Conducted in mid-March, the top 68 college teams compete at fourteen different sites over a three-week period to determine a national champion. In the book March 1939: Before the Madness, sportswriter Terry Frei of the Denver Post surveys the year 1939—the geopolitical events leading up to World War II, the major cultural events, and most exhaustively the first NCAA tournament; unmistakably, this book is about college hoops.

How About Never | Book Review

Nov 13, 2015
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Robert Greer MD examines the memoir of Bob Mankoff - longtime cartoon editor of The New Yorker - titled How About Never - Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons.

Although cartooning might seem like a dream job,  and an easy one at that, Mankoff illustrates how the intelligent cartoon humor in demand by The New Yorker is hard to find. 

Mankoff seeks cartoons that provide insight into everyday life, contain side gags and puns, and - perhaps above all - mock contemporary American morays. 

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Weighing in at two and a half pounds, Otto Penzler's detective fiction anthology, The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories, is not for the faint of heart. 

This anthology is comprised of 50 stories originally published in The Black Mask Magazine, a pulp fiction publication running from 1920 to 1951. Mysteries run the gamut from robberies to murders to the supernatural. 

Featuring the best of the best, many of these stories were expanded into famous novels, screenplays or television series. 

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Dr. Robert Greer examines Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership that Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe by Jonathan W. Jordan. 

Detailing the sacrifices made by the allied powers to deliver the greatest conquest of World War II, Jordan explores the relationship between Eisenhower, Patton and Bradley - American commanders in North Africa and Europe from 1942-1945. 

The relationship between these men deviates from the glorified "band of brother" history has painted.

Crossing Over: "Dreams to Remember" Book Review

Sep 3, 2015

In Dreams to Remember, Mark Ribowsky covers the Otis Redding saga beginning with Redding’s age-fifteen experience singing in the Macon, Ga. clubs with songstress Gladys Williams; moving on to work with showy guitarist Johnny Jenkins; and all-the-while observing the successes of fellow Maconites Little Richard and James Brown.

Soul music was just evolving from the rhythm and blues genre and riding the wave of rock and roll. Otis’ timing was good and his mentors in place, but his life was to be short. This life story is well-researched and documented.

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