Memories of World War II,
and Other Remarkable Reads . . .
to be in Washington, DC for the wedding of our son on the same Memorial
Day weekend that the World War II Memorial was officially dedicated. It
was an incredibly moving time -not only were there veterans from WWII in
attendance in the Mall area, but vets and their families from wars and
battles since the time of the Second World War were there as well.
"Memories of World War II" by The Associated Press, Walter Cronkite
(Introduction), Bob Dole (Introduction) (Abrams, 176 pages) is a legacy, a
masterful evocation of that time. Almost 200 reporters and photographers
covered World War II for the Associated Press. Five died. Seven won
Pulitzer Prizes. The book is a tribute to their work, culling as it does
167 photographs from tens of thousands in the archives of AP.
Page after virtual full page black and white photos unfold in a chronicle
and visual history of what happened that long ago time. From a smiling
Hitler coming to power on September 9, 1934 through the chilling shot of
the roundup of Jews in Warsaw, Poland April 19-May 16, 1943 to Normandy,
France, June 6, 1944 to the Iwo Jima Volcano Islands, February 19, 1945 to
Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945 - fighter planes flying over the USS Missouri
in surrender ceremonies ending World War II - - the book is a keeper!
On a lighter vein "Gardens Around the World : 365 Days" by Mick Hales
(Abrams, $29.95, 744 pages ) showcases more than 150 gardens in the U.S.
and Canada; Mexico, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic; England, Ireland,
and Northern Ireland; France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal; and India, Sri
Lanka, Bali, and China. The text is highly informative; the photos are
In a gardening mood -"Reliable Roses" by Philip Harkness (Firefly Books,
$19.95, 144 pages) is a guide to all one would want to know about the
world's most popular garden plant.
"Moche Portraits from Ancient Peru" by Christopher B. Donnan (University
of Texas Press, $39.95, 220 pages, 258 color photos) is a look back at a
people who lived on the north coast of Peru between AD 100 and 800.
Utilizing almost a thousand examples from museums and private collections
Donnan documents how their fabled portrait tradition evolved, how
portraits were produced and distributed, how they were used in Moche
society. Incredible stuff.
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.
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