Review by Booklist Review
Following on the heels of Orwell: The Lost Writings (Booklist 81:1598 Ag 85), this edition of BBC commentaries from late 1941 through early 1943 testifies again to the wide-ranging intellect of the British author whose name remains most closely associated with 1984 and Animal Farm. Orwell's weekly wartime commentaries covered a wide range of topics, including the military situation (with predictions of future developments), the home front, the political situation in the British Empire (particularly India), and relations with the Allies (especially the U.S. and the Soviet Union). With the passage of time, these commentaries inevitably say more about Orwell than about the war, and the book, therefore, will be of interest more to students of the author than to military historians. It provides a fresh perspective on how a major literary talent and significant socialist thinker perceived one of the climactic events of our time. Maps and index. RG. 940.53 [CIP] 86-5057
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Review by Library Journal Review
Too personal to capture an objective view of Chicago, too much in a hop, skip, and a jump style to clearly focus on any aspect of the city, Terkel's latest book is entertaining, nostalgic, and a paean to his town. Managing to hark back to his own boyhood experiences and relate them to Chicago at large and occasionally voicing his own political philosophy, the author offers a kaleidoscopic tour. Policemen, dance ballrooms, race relations, WPA art, street art (not graffiti), and museum art, the Terkel rooming house, hospitals, a snowstorm, professional baseball, the Chicago Symphony, and the southside's reaction to Joe Louis's victory over Max Schmeling all come into view. Over 120 evocative photos enhance the text. Primarily regional in interest. Roger W. Fromm, Bloomsburg Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
A collage of impressions and historical anecdotes by the author who over the years has become the guru of the Second City. Certain to be popular ""in the state of Elanoy,"" this brief (144 pages) reminiscence may fare less well in the remaining 49. Terkel assumes his readers will be familiar with many of the personalties and events he depicts. And, while it is true that much of the material is well known--the career of Al Capone and the Haymarket Riot, for example--all too often Terkel fails to provide much in the way of background and exposition of his more obscure references. From time to time, colorful details surface which briefly capture the attention but much of the time the material is too specialized and/or minor to hold much interest for the general reader. As he had before (The Good War, Working and Hard Times, among others), Terkel brings his own individual voice to the work. As an ""oral historian,"" it is in recreating his conversations with fellow Chicagoans that he is most appealing. Here he exhibits the breezy vitality that seems characteristic of the Windy City. The re is no denying that Terkel's enthusiasms are wide-ranging. They include everything from inner-city murals to Greek coffeehouses; from Pablo Picasso's controversial sculpture to the Dreamland Ballroom; from blizzards to ""no-hitters"" at Wrigley Field. For ""out-of-towners,"" however, these glimpses of Chicago life are just not striking enough to rivet the attention. Fifty-five black-and-white photographs ""by several generations of the city's most renowned photographers"" (not seen) will doubtlessly do much to flesh out this paean to Terkel's hometown. As text, however, Chicago is too obviously aimed at those Second City dwellers who wish to revel in nostalgia and self-congratulation. For others, it is likely to prove frustrating and less than completely satisfying. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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