From New Books Network: George McGovern is largely remembered today for his dramatic loss to Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential campaign, yet he eFrom New Books Network: George McGovern is largely remembered today for his dramatic loss to Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential campaign, yet he enjoyed a long career characterized by many remarkable achievements. In Rise of a Prairie Statesman: The Life and Times of George McGovern (Princeton UP, 2016), the first in a projected two-volume biography of the senator and Democratic Party presidential nominee, Thomas Knock chronicles McGovern’s life and career from his Depression-era upbringing in South Dakota to his 1968 reelection campaign and emergence as a presidential contender. Knock describes McGovern’s transformation from a shy young boy into a confident debater who, after America went to war in 1941, volunteered for service in the Army Air Corps as a B-24 bomber pilot and flew 35 combat missions over Germany and Austria. Upon returning home, he embarked on a path that took him from the ministry to a Ph.D. in history and then the college classroom before he settled upon a career in politics. After serving two terms in the House of Representatives and as Director of Food for Peace in the Kennedy administration, in 1962 McGovern won a seat in the United States Senate, where he emerged as a prescient critic of America’s descent into the Vietnam War. In detailing his opposition to that expanding conflict, Knock not only shows how McGovern emerged as a national leader, but also demonstrates the relevance of his vision to the challenges our nation faces today.
Which came first – the Mambo Kings and their Songs of Love? or Beautiful Maria who supposedly inspired their hit song? One thing for sure they are botWhich came first – the Mambo Kings and their Songs of Love? or Beautiful Maria who supposedly inspired their hit song? One thing for sure they are both fictional creations of the author, Oscar Hijuelos who wrote The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love in 1989, and completed the story loop in 2010 with this novel about the love and loss of Beautiful Maria.
Hijuelos appears as a character in his own book here, apologizing to Maria and her daughter, that he was unaware of the "real" story when he wrote the Mambo Kings. The nostalgic literary story of Maria and Nestor Castillo's passionate love affair in the 1950s is beautifully described, as is Maria's life from the rural Cuban countryside of the 1940s to Havana in the 1950s and Miami in her later life.
Third book in the Harry Clifton series, covering 1945-1958 and another cliff-hanging end leaving me to wonder exactly what happened in the final pagesThird book in the Harry Clifton series, covering 1945-1958 and another cliff-hanging end leaving me to wonder exactly what happened in the final pages and even more important, what will happen next. Fortunately, I have #4, Be Careful What You Wish For, already in my possession. Occasionally the sharply delineated differences between the "good" but often flawed characters and the oh-so-obviously "bad" characters becomes irritating but the suspense of how it will all turn out keeps the pages turning....more