A new book about Brooklyn. Hmmm?
As the authors of IT HAPPENED IN BROOKLYN, the
one the critics have called the definitive book on the subject,
we were naturally most anxious to make the acquaintance of the
new kid on the block: "In the Country of Brooklyn: Inspiration
to the World" by Peter Golenbock (William Morrow, 704 pages,
Our book is an oral history with over 100 voices
features, hundreds of photos, set in the time period of the
1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
The book written by the prolific Mr. Golenbock is
quite different but also a winner. It probes and celebrates and
explains 350 years of the borough that is now hipper than ever
through the voices of such as Daily Worker sportswriter Lester
Rodney, DJ "Cousin Brucie" Morrow , labor leader Henry Foner,
Curtis Sliwa, Guardian Angels founder, Pete Hamill, Baseball
Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, songwriter Neil Sedaka, ACLU
president Ira Glasser and many more.
"In the Country of Brooklyn: Inspiration to the
World" is a passionate exploration of what has made Brooklyn
what it is with special attention to the liberal ethos that has
always permeated the borough.
"Where," one of the voices in our book asks, did
Jackie Robinson come to if not Brooklyn?
Mr. Golenbock has produced a winner. One in seven
in the United States can trace roots back to Brooklyn and all
of them should pick up a copy of his terrific tome.