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Bizos's name is synonymous with the struggle against apartheid, playing a role in all major trials of the year fight against the Nationalist state. Friend to Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo, Bizos acted as an advocate for their law firm long before Tambo escaped into exile and Mandela went on trial. Escaping from Greece during the Nazi occupation, the teenage Bizos eventually ended up in South Africa. His memoirs provide a rare insight into the courts during the height of apartheid.
Odyssey to Freedom is not just about South Africa's long journey to democracy: it is also the story of a young immigrant, battling to fit in. Even after South Africa attained democratic government, Bizos continued to fight for human rights in South Africa and Zimbabwe. This is a stunning account. The memoirs of this rugby flyhalf rated in his heyday, four or so decades ago, as one of South Africa's best are required reading for those with an interest in sport because they cover more than four decades in which he was involved in playing and then in the administration of rugby.
However, the book could have done with the eye of a professional editor. Willem Boshoff. Ivan Vladislavic. Johannesburg: David Krut, Ivan Vladislavic's encounter with the art and persona of Willem Boshoff is characterized by a fine blend of joy, curiosity, delight and awe. Boshoff's responses to being alive in South Africa are expressed in forms that are complex beyond normal comprehension and consciousness. The account of Boshoff's life and work begins as detailed, explicit, even wordy. But at the end of the book, Vladislavic's commentary quietly disappears, leaving the reader with pages of Boshoff's work to look at, alone.
Vladislavic manages to look deeply into Boshoff's world without having to invoke glib explanations of Boshoff's particular forms or processes of creativity. Instead, manageable chunks of Boshoff's works are offered to the reader to consider, but with an awareness that there is always a powerful presence of the unexplained and the inexplicable.
A collection of creative essays by Canadian poet, Di Brandt. When [Brandt] loves her own, when she cleaves to blood and bone, she writes some of the most ecstatic prose in Canadian letters. Alastair Campbell. But to those who remember the enthusiasm with which the world greeted Tony Blair in , it is more than worthless propaganda. The inside looks at life on the Blair team are too raw and perceptive to be concocted, and Campbell is a lively writer.
This [ sic ] result is a highly readable account of a defining decade in British politics. Yet the consequences of the most fateful decision of our time—and what is probably the biggest foreign policy mistake in the history of the Anglo-American partnership—are left unexamined. That decision is one thing Alastair Campbell can't blame on the media. Campbell has sought, honourably by his own lights, to publish an interesting account of his nine years at Blair's side when it still has high market value; simultaneously, he has tried to minimize damage to his beloved Labour tribe.
Alistair Campbell has a good eyewitness's story to tell here. He tells half of it in terms at least as honest as those employed by his detractors. Gregor Muller. New York: Routledge, Caraman's greed, arrogance, ignorance, racism, and overbearing sense of entitlement embody the core elements of the colonial spirit of the time in their extremity. Like Carswell's book on Burns, it is for 'good general readers. Joseph E. Austin, spent his life fighting for Liberal reform in the turbulent nation of Mexico. His actions affected the Texas-Mexican border and U. From this superbly written biography, readers learn of the uncertainty Tejanos faced after the Texas Rebellion, failed attempts to oppose the Centralists by forming independent republics in Northern Mexico, Anglo American participation in Mexican rebellions, [End Page ] and the actions the U.
Richard Dee. Stephen F. New York: HarperCollins, Hayes's book, "like so much surrounding Cheney, was a bit of a hush-hush undertaking, and some readers may wonder if Hayes, a conservative writer with an established view of the vice president one of his articles was titled 'Dick Cheney Was Right' , is an appropriate author for this biography. But the access he received was unique. His nearly 30 hours with Cheney, including sessions on Air Force Two heading home from Afghanistan and Iraq, may equal the time the vice president has spent with all other journalists put together.
Here, he offers highly selective versions of this and other Bush-era controversies, from unwarranted wiretapping to Hussein's alleged nuclear weapons programs. He makes no energetic effort to get inside the workings of the Bush administration and leaves out much of what is already known. While the first half of the book finds Cheney and Rumsfeld energetically plotting their way through Nixon and Ford White Houses, Rumsfeld, despite [End Page ] his central role in the Bush administration, more or less disappears from the narrative after Cheney selects him as Bush's Defense secretary.
Battles with Colin Powell and, to a lesser extent, with Condoleezza Rice that helped define the administration's national security policymaking are ignored or given short shrift. No one knows this topic better, and readers of this volume will be persuaded.
As to the explanation for this attachment, however, as to the influences that moved Churchill differently than so many others of his culture and upbringing, and as to how this fit with the rest of his world view, the story is incomplete. Bill Clinton: Mastering the Presidency.
Nigel Hamilton. New York: Public Affairs, Kennedy's early years. He has also written a similarly voyeuristic volume about Clinton, centering on his pre-White House personal life. Here Hamilton spends more time on Clinton's public record, but his true interest seems to lie more with psychodrama and sex scandals than with the mechanics of American politics. His writing, while brisk and clear, is likewise a tad strange. It's the rare presidential biographer who pockmarks his prose with exclamation points and modern-day slang. Carl Bernstein. New York: Knopf, Boston: Little, Brown, If there's any doubt as to which is which, just consult the two book covers—Gerth and Van Natta's shows Hillary in, quite literally, a much harsher light.
Both go off the rails at the moments their grand unified theories can't quite accommodate the facts, and both practically narcotize readers when they descend into rote recapitulations of the Clinton scandals. But it's Bernstein who ultimately makes the sharper, more lasting impression, despite the soft-focus portrait of the junior senator from New York on his cover.
While he plows some of the same emotional terrain as previous Hillary biographers—notably Gail Sheehy in 'Hillary's Choice'—his book holds together as a piece of writing, and he keeps the psychobabble to a merciful minimum. He also attempts to write a genuine biography, describing and interpreting the life Hillary has led and the varieties of forces that shaped her. Gerth and Van Natta are more apt to treat the former first lady as a supercomputer—unfeeling and cool to the touch, mutely calculating in binary code.
These experiences have heavily informed the sensibilities of 'Her Way. But he has not lost his reporter's touch, and his new book, 'A Woman in Charge,' has already refocused serious questions—and supplied new information—about Hillary and Bill Clinton, their past behavior and their current ambitions to regain the White House. The Clintons, they claim, sought and planned for sequential power: eight years in the White House for him, then eight years for her.
Whether the authors' evidence holds up—denials have already been reported—remains to be seen. Taken together, however, these two volumes foreshadow what may well become a central issue of the [End Page ] presidential campaign: In light of the endless deceits, interest-group baggage, messianic overtones and shameless money politics of the two Bush dynasts presidents number 41 and 43 , do American voters want to empower yet another dubious dynasty Clinton presidents number 42 and 44?
Andrew Lycett. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, In the public mind Conan Doyle is forever associated with his cerebraldetective and loyal assistant Dr. Yet throughout his productive life Doyle considered himself foremost as the author of medieval tales and historical novels. For him, the Sherlock Holmesshort stories and the ghostly Hound of the Baskervilles were a welcome source of additional income until he tired of his own creation and had the detective conveniently killed, only to have to resuscitate him at the urging of his many readers, including Queen Victoria.
But the reality of Doyle's life was much darker. As Lycett points outin his excellent biography, Doyle spent all his life pulled between thefactual and the imaginative. The central paradox of his life was his 'becoming a spiritualist so soon after creating the quintessentially rational Sherlock Holmes.
Nevertheless, he was a shrewd investor, and diedboth famous and wealthy. Francisco Goldman. New York: Grove, More, he offers an overdue indictment of brutal war criminals who were not just behind the one killing, but also contributed to a generation of atrocities. Siobhan Roberts. New York: Walker, But he found three dimensions confining. With little but his mind's eye to illuminate the terrain, Coxeter climbed into the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth dimensions to explore, construct and classify geometric objects according to their symmetry properties.
Decades later, Coxeter's work is turning up in arcane fields such as string theory and microbiology. The most engaging aspect of the book is its chronicle of the war between geometry and algebra, which pits Coxeter, geometry's David, against Nicolas Bourbaki [a secret society of French mathematicians], algebra's Goliath. Lois Gordon. New York: Columbia UP, Cioran, a Romanian exile in Paris for nearly 60 years: 'He breaks with his memories and, to a certain point, with himself.
Danticat's father died shortly after Joseph [his brother] and was buried under the same tombstone; she imagines them together again in Beausejour [Haiti], reconciled and happy once more. But she makes no indication of how she might reconcile these shattering events with her own near-miraculous American odyssey. It's hard to imagine how anyone could. The Reluctant Mr. David Quammen. New York: Norton, Darwin's interactions with Wallace are given clear-eyed examination: the subtle combination of panic, generosity, admiration, and regret that each man displayed toward the other is brought newly alive.
David Quammen's Reluctant Mr. Darwin is a complete delight. The author's shortcomings are an occasion for sorrow. Journal — Marguerite de Saint-Marceaux. Paris: Fayard, Bartillat, Text revised by Antoinette Weill, preface by Sapho. La Cause des Livres, In these three diaries, which appear at the same time, the great war was the central event. A world is collapsing and all alien concerns seem derisory.
The diaries account for that collapse, and express sadness when a close relation dies of it. All three diarists belong to the rich, cultivated middle class. The parallel stops here. Marguerite de Saint-Marceaux's text shows little of the diarist's inner world. It is a thorough, original testimony on the cultural and social microcosm of the time. Conversely, both other diarists question their own lives and beings.
Aline R. Robert Desnos. Anne Egger. Poet, creator of surprising images, always on an equal footing with the marvellous, Desnos — exercised—by vocation and necessity—all sorts of trades: script writer, cabaret singer, journalist. His culture on cinema, music, theatre, aviation and science was phenomenal. He belonged to the surrealist movement—for a while only, as he refused indoctrination: "I don't accept watchwords. For instance, as a radio man he invented in a program devoted to "the most beautiful dreams" of the listeners.
During the war he became involved in the resistance movement and died in a nazi camp on June 8, Anne Egger's biography is admirably meticulous. One may regret that the poet's trajectory should not emerge more clearly. Memories, even tragic ones, however, are not sufficient justification for foisting them on the rest of us. DeVrye's mangled metaphors are numbing, although she apparently enjoys great success in Australia as a motivational speaker. Brown is no Shakespeare. But she gives us a walloping good read. Michael Barrier.
Berkeley: U of California P, When the South African swimming sensation lost her leg in a scooter accident, no one believed she would walk again, never mind compete as a swimmer. But thanks to her indomitable spirit, du Toit dived straight back in and made history in , competing in the m able-bodied freestyle Commonwealth Game final.
This is an inspiring book. Colin Eglin. This autobiography is a vibrant account by the former leader of the Opposition the Progressive Party at the frontline of the long hard struggle from apartheid to democracy in South Africa during the second half of the 20th century. With his remarkably retentive memory, backed up by careful research, Eglin has recorded never before published discussions, interviews, stories and insightful impressions about his contemporaries.
The publication of Colin Eglin's autobiography is an important event in South African political and social history. It is rather more than the story of one man's life of singular achievement. It places the tumultuous half-century of apartheid rule in clear perspective, as seen from the vantage point of an intellectually gifted liberal.
Historians and a broader readership will find much to interest and intrigue them in this readable account. Einstein: His Life and Universe. Walter Isaacson. Isaacson is the first Einstein biographer to have access to the trove of personal letters released under the terms of a bequest by Einstein's step-daughter Margot Einstein. Shelley Frisch. Isaacson and Neffe, both successful journalists, shared a privilege that their predecessors lacked: access to Einstein's most private correspondence that had remained closed in the Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem until the summer of Neffe interviewed a number of leading mostly German researchers whose work reflects themes of Einstein's physics.
Isaacson presents Einstein's ideas with greater clarity. His primary goal, apparently, is to humanize this mythic figure, and he succeeds. There are, however, no new historical revelations in these pages; nor are old primary sources analyzed anew. Even key secondary sources like Russell R. Weigley's magnificent 'Eisenhower's Lieutenants' are flat-out ignored. Stanley Weintraub. New York: Free Press, Mark Perry. New York: Penguin, Neither breaks any notably new ground. The endnotes in both volumes include relatively few references to fresh, unpublished sources.
Neither offers a startling angle or theme that alters our existing view of these famous generals. Yet, though told before, the story of such incandescent, flawed men and their rivalries, tensions and triumphs will always attract readers. And as we absorb the worst news from Iraq, these two books allow us to ponder the crucial relationship that exists between a president and his top commanders. Kenneth Osgood. Lawrence: UP of Kansas, As a general, Eisenhower had come to fully appreciate how the power of ideas can affect the actions of men in combat.
Eisenhower employed both governmental and private-sector resources. Agencies such as the United States Information Agency USIA promoted bucolic images of life in the United States, where 'people's capitalism' permitted laborers and capitalists both to share in the wealth [and] the Atomic Energy Commission.
A memoir of the crime writer's experience with alexia sine agraphia "word blindness" brought on by a stroke. Engel's book "charts a long journey as it recounts his bafflement, frustration, forbearance, and eventual triumph. It is emphatically clinical without being merely dry or technical as it describes how Engel and various doctors and therapists. The Obsession: Tragedy in the North Atlantic. John Chipman. Toronto: Viking Canada, The story of Evensen's ill-fated yacht trip from Toronto to Norway.
Unfortunately, the book is plagued by the steady appearance of distracting errors in geography, terminology and history. Some mistakes are just annoying to people familiar with boats, but they cloud any reader's understanding of the story. Karen Abbott. New York: Random House, The club played host to Theodore Dreiser, Prince Henry of Prussia and Jack Johnson, and served as a national example of decadence run amok. Robert Finch. Berkeley: Counterpoint, He combines the best qualities of the portraitist, travel writer, naturalist, historian, cultural commentator and wide-eyed innocent to give us a shifting, contingent, fragmentary, but lucid and living and true picture of Newfoundland and Labrador as it was at the close of this last century.
The Iambics of Newfoundland should be shelved with the best travel literature available to us. Joyce E. New York: Basic Books, Chaplin's book, however, presents a many-decades-long example of something that might be just as important: how science and the rest of culture once interpenetrated deeply. This book about her life portrays a strong, steadfast woman, along with an era of womanhood that is now gone. Anna Gagliano is not someone who feels she must have large ideas about what's wrong with Catholicism.
Instead, like those famous midcentury Catholics, Gordon's mother attends to the nourishment of her own particular religious vocation, a vocation less glamorous than Merton's and Day's but no less divine—a vocation as a single mother, as one afflicted by polio, as a woman in full belief of the love of God. Richard Parker. Much of the textis devoted to a well-written history of public-policy controversies since the s, and economists' and politicians' thinking about them, together with all of the personalities involved.
House of Happy Endings. Leslie Garis. Fortunately, Garis, an accomplished magazine writer in her own right, has not written a book that attempts to settle old scores. It has taken her decades to bravely piece together a coherent narrative that makes sense to her and accounts for a great deal of suffering. David Gilmour. Markham, ON: Thomas Allen, When the author's son dropped out of school at 16, Gilmour offered him "freedom from school and employment on the condition that the boy join him in watching and discussing a minimum of three feature films a week.
On a social level alone, it challenges our notions of education, of productivity, of high schools that have fallen catastrophically behind in their capability to inspire young men. It is, what's more, a compelling, often tender account of a parent's deep concern for his child. Charles Wilkins. Globe and Mail, Sept. Dale Peterson.
Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, She was born in as Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall. Her father was a race-car driver for Aston Martin; he, too, loved to be on the go. Her mother, Vanne, came from a strongly matriarchal family that was a stable foundation during World War II and as the Morris-Goodall marriage fell apart. But she left them all in her dust when she sailed for Africa in Goodall accepted employment with the notoriously lecherous Louis Leakey at the Kenya National Museums and not only foiled his ardor but managed to turn Leakey into a pillar of support.
Peterson is a fan and apparently reluctant to interview anyone besides other fans. Ronald Suresh Roberts. Johannesburg: STE, The relationship of the once-authorized biographer to his subject terminated rancorously, allegedly because of unwanted delving into her personal affairs, the naming of names, and general intrusion beyond the confines of his mandate.
Roberts's reliance on Stephen Clingman's pioneering study of Gordimer's creativity is inadequately honoured. And Roberts finds contradictions everywhere, suggesting his incomplete understanding of the imagination of any writer. Heidi Ardizzone. Greene destroyed most of her papers before she died, and the author consulted thousands of sources for 'clues to Belle's social life and experiences. Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen. Jane Hawking. Jane believes she was unfairly cast as the villain of the story by Stephen, his family and the media. The page book is a justification of just about every aspect of her relationship with Stephen.
Sometimes self-pitying, it is also insightful, compassionate and frequently moving. Karen Karbo. New York: Bloomsbury, Jan Heunis. Now he's penned the most undiplomatic memoirs I've come across for the period immediately prior to the end of white rule. Nor is he shy of making highly personal comments and imputations about the noxious characters who then infested the corridors of power.
His entirely justified tribute to his father as a reformist will not appeal to moral absolutists who like to portray all Nat supporters as depraved racist oppressors, but for this reviewer it confirms the view that we're all rather more complicated. Some reservations notwithstanding, I recommend this book as a valuable contribution to our understanding of South Africa's transition to democracy. Ian Kershaw. At times the chewy prose is very slow slogging.
Kershaw's analysis centers on the process of decision making, the war of memos and meetings and—particularly with Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini—the influence of personality and absolute power in leading up to disastrous choices. Scholars invested in transnational and comparative research can only dream of documenting lives like David Houze's. Born in Durban, South Africa in , Houze immigrated with his coloured mother to Meridian, Mississippi, as a baby to live with his father, an African-American merchant mariner.
On discovering photos of half-sisters whose existence he had not known about, he decided in to journey to South Africa to reconnect with his sisters and answer questions about his own identity. In South Africa, he immersed himself in the birth of the new democracy. He sees the coloured people as neither black nor white, "the nowhere people, the twilight people without a culture, stuck in the proverbial middle," and this resonates with his own disjointed identity, a "half South African, half American.
This structurally flawed, overambitious book lacks a bold editorial red pen and flounders in authorial ambiguity and becomes neither scholarship, nor journalism, nor memoir, although each of these approaches contributes to the work. Charles Marie Georges Huysmans, who preferred to be called Joris-Karl, was a civil servant in the Ministry of the Interior, and an employee writing novels in the naturalistic line, as well as a life of a XVth c.
Dutch mystic woman. Inwardly he had an intense spiritual life which, through a slow, laborious metamorphosis, led him to embrace catholicism. Says E. An excellent work. Pierre-Robert Leclercq. Le Monde des Livres, July 13, 7. Alexander John Watson. Toronto: U of Toronto P, His well-known monograph, The Fur Trade in Canada, first appeared in and remains in print. The book elaborated the staples thesis, an approach to Canadian history whose impact is analogous to Turner's frontier thesis, and established Innis's reputation as Canada's leading economic historian. He also began to examine the role of media and communications in history, work that would help to establish 'communication studies' as a significant area of scholarly inquiry.
Andrew Burstein. New York: Basic, Irving, Burstein writes, 'created a national literature where there was thought to be none. Stripped: The King of Teaze. Lolly Jackson and Vincent Marino. He was thrown out of primary school for drawing a picture of two teachers in flagrante, and was expelled from high school for punching his headmaster as he caned a boy.
What followed was a surprisingly successful interlude in the South African Defence Force as a conscript and then a series of dead-end jobs, interspersed with an increasingly colourful and priapic romp through the s. His relationship with an exotic dancer led to the opening of the first of the chain of upmarket strip clubs, Teazers.
Jackson lives by a code, a warped and often bizarre code to the more fastidious and conservative among us. If you can get past fairly poor editing, the story is told with gruff good humour, coupled with a visceral honesty—so much so, that the detail with which Jackson settles old scores and rekindles old flames shows little concern for the litigious minefield that publishing can be. This is an eye-watering, sometimes excruciating but always enthralling read. The Complete Letters of Henry James, — Pierre A. Walker and Greg W. Alfred Habegger. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, The entire collection of some ten thousand letters will be published by the University of Nebraska Press over the coming years.
The largest previous collection was Leon Edel's four volumes of 1, letters published between and This set will bring together letters scattered across many different archives and from many different books, some out of print; a quarter of the letters have never been published previously. The volumes are beautiful, solidly put together, with big type, wide margins, and copious annotations remarking on cross-outs and misspellings and new words written over old ones.
All the foreign phrases are translated and potted biographies of the people mentioned are supplied. If James refers, for instance, to a story he's written, the editors provide the reader in a note with the full name of the story and where it was published and when. At the end of each volume are an index, a bibliography of works cited, a biographical register, and even genealogical charts of the families intertwined with the James family. Robert D. New York: Houghton Mifflin, That does not mean he is blind to the shortcomings of either man.
James was volatile, easily bored, moody, subject to depression and insomnia. In his quest for new sensations he sometimes neglected his wife and children. He could be rude and insulting, as when he not only turned down an invitation to join the American Philosophical Society but gratuitously insulted it and its members.
He was easily smitten by smart and pretty young women; and though he seems not to have had sex with any of them, his serial flirtations were deeply hurtful to his wife. We owe to Philippe Lejeune the concept of "autobiographical pact. For such a love it was convenient to organize a decent departure, both Nicole and Alain refusing to spoil their last months "in the horror of an endless final stage.
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He had seen him die "without having time to settle his own business or look at Death in the face. The narrative of her last day is full of dignity and humor. Beyond the emotion this kind of books may rouse, beyond the biographical interest, one finds a burning problem of our societies: euthanasia. Anupama Chopra. New York: Warner, Her book is not just an insightful biography of Shah Rukh, it's a witty and thoughtful history of the Wild West that is Bollywood and, by extension, a portrait of the New India.
Anna Porter. The story of a Transylvanian native and member of the Hungarian Zionist movement, who negotiated the escape of Jews from the Nazis. Furthermore, she shows a lack of understanding for the history of the region. Ted Kerasote. New York: Harcourt, A memoir of Kerasote's life in the wilderness with his stray lab mix, Merle.
Kerasote is a cabin-dwelling, elk-hunting, rough-and-tumble iconoclast, who believes his dog should run and think freely. He installs a dog door in his cabin and the adventure begins. An educated and erudite man with a great deal of writing skill, [Kerasote] can instantly place the reader in whatever wilderness spot he happens to be writing about. The book is a collection of stories of Katz's life with his dogs. A transplanted 'flatlander' who runs a small hobby-type farm in upstate New York, Katz makes his living writing good, solid, best-selling dog books.
Katz's Labs and Border Collies are delightful characters, who do their dog jobs according to their breeding, training and individual dispositions. This tells the story of the man who died in a hail of bullets, and of peculiar relationships and murky arrangements compelled by extraordinary greed in recent years in post-apartheid South Africa.
Edie Kerouac-Parker. San Francisco: City Lights, A memoir by Kerouac's first wife, " You'll Be Okay is a cynical exploitation of a sadly deluded, obviously emotionally damaged woman. Irrespective of the unremitting, numbing banality of You'll Be Okay 's prose. This memoir recounts the madness that swept through KwaZulu-Natal South Africa during the apartheid years.
Maureen Isaacson. The Sunday Independent, Dec. This no-holds barred autobiography is bound to capture the reader's attention from the start and is truly worth reading. Khumalo portrays a graphic picture of his teenage years in KwaZulu-Natal, when he not only had to bear the brunt of the apartheid system but was also under threat from anti-ANC Inkatha supporters.
Khumalo writes with both warmth and humour.
Presidents of War: The Epic Story, from 1807 to Modern Times
A memoir by a writer and broadcaster for the CBC in Saskatchewan, focused around her love for her father and husband, who recently died of cancer. In this way, her memoir is not a self-story but a selfless story, which perhaps is easier for modest Canadians to stomach; it is also what makes her story one-dimensional. Krause's do not, and while that weakens Acts of Love as a literary work, it does not diminish its impact as a family record of memories. Lucette Lagnado. But the wholesale destruction of Middle Eastern Jewish life, along with the even more devastating evisceration of individual lives, was nothing short of a catastrophe—and not only for the Jews.
Leon Lagnado, like many others, had a love affair with this city, and 'The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit' is a story about what happens when two such lovers are torn apart. Julianne Lutz Newton. Newton has managed to produce a study of refreshing originality by focusing on aspects of Leopold's odyssey that have received less attention, while all but ignoring the well-worn paths of previous Leopold scholarship. In Aldo Leopold's Odyssey, Julianne Lutz Newton has meticulously traced the origins, evolution, and broad dissemination of Leopold's ideas regarding conservation.
Presidents of War: The Epic Story, from to Modern Times by Michael R. Beschloss
Television interviewer Linehan's "career makes for heady reading, and much of it sounds like fun. The actual life story was less fun, but Anthony, who shared champagne, martinis and stiletto-sharp gossip with Linehan, doesn't shrink from exposing this in what amounts to a genuinely engrossing homage and inquiry, despite some ticker-tape documentary notes, an extremely vague chronology and an inordinate amount of trivia.
Anthony writes as an insider, but he doesn't lack objectivity as he shows how Brian Linehan was his own creation, one who kept changing the year of his birth and the explanation for his pug nose. Alan Lipman. Banned by the South African government, they went into exile in [End Page ] Wales, where Lipman rose to sit on the national executive of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Returning to South Africa, he stood for parliament on an ANC ticket, yet today considers himself an "ultra-leftist in Thabo Mbeki's terms". Blowing Up Russia. Alexander Litvinenko and Yuri Felshtinsky.
London: Gibson Square, Alex Goldfarb with Marina Litvinenko. Frank contributes his share to the rumors in this book, dedicating a chapter entitled "Survivor" chapter 11 ; in summary, Nixon outmaneuvered Eisenhower and saved his position. The chapter title refers to Eisenhower's response to a reporter's question about Nixon's ideas as vice president; Ike's unenthusiastic response has been a standard well-known tidbit ever since.
Frank explores in this book much more nuance: that Ike tried to maintain an aloofness from campaigning, and his near-universal popularity perhaps allowed that aloofness. This too gets a full chapter in Frank's book, "Family Ties," chapter Frank explores the relationship of Ike's wife Mamie to the Nixons here as well since Ike himself passed away only a few months later, living just long enough to see his V.
Richard Nixon: criticized McCarthyism as unfair and destructive. Dwight Eisenhower: Give me a week to think of one Nixon idea. Richard Nixon: Answered "want ad" to run for Congress. Richard Nixon: OpEd: Makes reasonable assertions as if controversial. Richard Nixon: Candidacy supported by Eisenhower, but not on hustings. Richard Nixon: Encouraged young graduates to run for Congress. I don't. Dwight Eisenhower: Space agency within Department of Defense. Richard Nixon: Non-defense agency for peaceful space research. Dwight Eisenhower: Any action to win in Vietnam, even nukes. Richard Nixon: Communists understand nothing but massive retaliation.
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