When Molly Lane, a photographer, died her husband came across black and white glossy photos she had taken of Julian Garmony, Foreign Secretary. TheseWhen Molly Lane, a photographer, died her husband came across black and white glossy photos she had taken of Julian Garmony, Foreign Secretary. These photos revealed Garmony’s secret life of being a transvestite in which he dressed up in women’s clothes. Not sure what to do with the photos, he contacts Vernon Halliday, a friend of his wife. These photos can ruin Garmony’s life as well as his political career but Halliday is an editor of a struggling newspaper and these photos can only help boost the newspaper’s circulation. He decides to publish the photos on the front page to save his failing newspaper and this decision has profound consequences. Amsterdam deals with betrayal of a deceased friend and asks the question, “Is love a greater force than spite?”
This is a short, quick read but one that I didn’t enjoy. I felt the story has so much potential; it started out well and the build-up kept me interested but then it fell apart and I was left feeling disappointed. I usually enjoy books that have a morality-theme to them or ones that deal with dilemmas but this one was poorly executed. I give it two stars. ...more
Daniel grew up in a poor family living in the Bronx. His dad, Paul, owned a struggling radio repair business and his mom, Rochelle, was a housewife. BDaniel grew up in a poor family living in the Bronx. His dad, Paul, owned a struggling radio repair business and his mom, Rochelle, was a housewife. Both his parents were full of radical passion and loyal to the Communist Party but for them it was a bad time in history to be “Red”. In America, there was a fear of Communists taking over. Daniel’s parents found themselves being hounded by FBI agents who harassed them with questions and staked-out their home. They even searched Paul’s place of business. Eventually they are accused of conspiracy to commit espionage and then executed. Several years later at age 25, Daniel is trying to understand and cope with these events as he navigates through the tumultuous 60’s and participates in protests that deal with draft-card burning. The Book of Daniel is about a man who searches for the truth about his parents’ deaths and wonders if they were sacrificed for the good of the left-wing party.
This is the first time I’ve read a book written by this author. I really enjoyed it and understand that it was loosely based on the story of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the two Americans who were executed for being spies. While the story addresses the plight of the Issacsons, it really focuses on their children and what happens to these two orphans while growing up after their parents’ deaths. First they are placed in a shelter in which they act out and their behavior is disruptive and then they are finally adopted by a couple but their struggles follow them to their new family. I think seeing how their parents’ deaths affected their lives added a humanistic side to the story. I give this book 5 stars. ...more
When Christopher Boyce was 21 years old, his father helped him get a job at TRW, a company in the defense industry. He began working as a general clerWhen Christopher Boyce was 21 years old, his father helped him get a job at TRW, a company in the defense industry. He began working as a general clerk with classified material but eventually he earned the clearance to work in the Black Vault with special projects in which he had access to Top Secret information. He was only one of six people approved for this most exclusive of clearances. While working in the Black Vault, he gained insight into the CIA and some of its covert operations. He decided he didn’t like what he learned about the U.S. government and the way they obtained intelligence thru secret satellites and he wanted to get back at them. For the next two years, Chris smuggled Top Secret documents out of TRW and had his childhood friend, Daulton, sell them to the KGB at the Russian Embassy in Mexico City. It was one of the most damaging espionage conspiracies against the U.S. in the postwar era. The loss was among the worst in the history of the CIA, since never before had the KGB penetrated American surveillance-satellite operations. This is the story about two men who came from respectable families, attended good schools, lived in a well-to-do neighborhood but threw away their futures.
I’ve always wanted to read this book and I’m so glad I finally found it in a used bookstore. I live in the South Bay area of Los Angeles where this incident took place so I’m familiar with a lot of the places that are mentioned in this book. This is an interesting story and the book was well written. Both these men came from privileged backgrounds so it’s unfortunate that they decided to make bad choices in life and ruin any chance of being successful. In the book they came across as smug and arrogant and they seemed to have the attitude that a lawyer can get them out of any jam so I’m glad they were found guilty and received a prison sentence. I’m not sure if I will read the follow-up book, The Flight of the Falcon, but I look forward to watching the movie. ...more
Ford Prefect is an alien from the small planet of Betelguese. For the last fifteen years, he has been disguised as an out-of-work actor while living oFord Prefect is an alien from the small planet of Betelguese. For the last fifteen years, he has been disguised as an out-of-work actor while living on this planet and blending into Earth Society. The truth is, he is doing research for the new revised edition of “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” a remarkable and highly successful book that has never been heard of by an Earthman. It is the standard for all knowledge and wisdom for traveling through the Galaxy and it has the words “Don’t Panic” written on its cover. Ford Prefect would like to include “See the Marvels of the Universe for Less Than 30 Altarian Dollars” in the updated version of this book. When the Galactic Council makes plans to build an express route through this planet’s star system, Earth is scheduled to be demolished. Ford Prefect warns his friend and unsuspecting Earthman, Authur Dent, that the Earth is about to be destroyed and convinces him to come with him. They hitchhike aboard a Vogon spacecraft before they are picked up by the Starship, Heart of Gold, which has the Improbability Drive, the new method of crossing vast interstellar distances in seconds. It is on the ship that their adventure really begins…
This isn’t the sort of book I’m usually interested in reading but it was on the 1001 Books You Must Read before You Die list so I gave it a chance. I appreciate the author and his efforts at being humorous and there were times that this book made me chuckle but in the end, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected to for a book that has a cult-like following and is well-received by so many other readers. I doubt I will continue reading the series and I have no plans to watch the movie. Since I’m in the minority with my low rating, I wouldn’t discourage anyone from reading this book. ...more