"Reflections on the Revolution in Europe",
"Safe Haven", "Wrestling With Moses"
For fall reading, for reading anytime, three important
books focused on radically different subject matter and time periods - -
all with something to
say. "Reflections on the Revolution in Europe" by
Christopher Caldwell (Doubleday, $30, 422 pages) is as timely and
important as today's headlines. Carefully researched, written in a
riveting style, this book explicates and explains the demographic
revolution that Europe has undergone - -most of it not for the good.
The anger of natives and newcomers as well as the
moral balancing act that exists are all given the up close treatment.
The book's sub-title is "Immigration, Islam and the
West." That is the focus and in that focus is food for much thought.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READING.
"Safe Haven" BY Allis Radosh and Ronald Radosh
(HarperCollins, $27.99, 448 pages) could have been a terrific tome. The
authors certainly have the track record to have produced one. Somehow,
this book with its significant subject matter about Harry S. Truman and
the Founding of Israel gets mired in too many details, too many asides,
too many unedited and repetitious sections. Still, the subject
matter is so compelling that " Safe Haven" deserves a look.
Anthony Flint's "Wrestling With Moses" (Random House.
$27.00, 231 pages) is all about Jane Jacobs who took on Robert Moses in
what was once billed at the battle of New York. It is a story worth
telling in detail even though parts of it have been covered in other
books including our "It Happened in Manhattan."
Back in the day, Jacobs was a young mother of three,
who, lived in Greenwich Village. Robert Moses, was as Robert Caro so
accurately and artfully dubbed him, the "power broker."
Jacobs and "a bunch of mothers" in the phrase uttered
by Moses blocked his plans to create a Lower Manhattan Expressway and to
block traffic through Washington Square Park. It was David versus
Goliath and David won and all the better for all of us and for American
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About the Authors: Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband
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scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories
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America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in
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