Book Reviews

Reviews of books by MWSA members. Reviews appear in reverse chronological order, with the most recent review posted appearing first.
Note: Some older reviews are being reposted to this site and those will appear out of order.

200,000 Heroes

Title: “200,000 Heroes”
Author: Leon Weckstein
Genre: Non-Fiction Sub-Category: History
Reveiwed by: Weymouth D. Symmes

ISBN (links to MWSA Amazon store): 1555716989

Italy, July 1944. The unendurable insult to Italy's inherently genial way of life brought about by Hitler's storm-troopers and Mussolini's Fascist toadies was both taking its toll on the people of Italy and creating a fledgling underground Resistance movement whose heroic ranks would soon swell to nearly 200,000 brave men and women.

Author Leon Weckstein was there--an American GI in combat fighting with and befriending the Partisans. Here is the story, as told through eye-witness accounts and carefully researched historical archives, of the Italian Partisans and their American OSS allies' battle to destroy the Nazi-Fascist regime and expel the culprits from their beloved Italy.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Weckstein, Lion

Hollywood Through My Eyes The Lives & Loves of a Golden Age Siren

Title: Hollywood Through My Eyes The Lives & Loves of a Golden Age Siren
Author: Monica Lewis with Dean Lamanna
Genre: Non-Fiction Sub-Category: Memoir
Reviewed by : Hodge Wood

ISBN (for Amazon store): 1934980889

HOLLYWOOD THROUGH MY EYES is the intimate portrait of "America's Singing Sweetheart": Monica Lewis. It chronicles a young girl's rise from Depression-era Chicago, through the glamour and grit of New York City's nightclub scene and live broadcasting (including the very first Ed Sullivan Show), and finally to the privileged environs of Beverly Hills as the wife of top MCA/Universal executive and producer Jennings Lang.

Follow Monica as she gets her first job with Benny Goodman, sings on the radio with Frank Sinatra, tours war-torn Korea with Danny Kaye, goes out on the town with Ronald Reagan, clowns with Red Skelton at MGM, and opens her Beverly Hills mansion to an impressive list of Who's Who including Senator Ted Kennedy, Barbra Streisand, Clint Eastwood, Ava Gardner, Steven Spielberg, and the Beatles.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Lewis, Monica
Lamanna, Dean

W.I.A. (Wounded in Action)

Title: W.I.A. (Wounded in Action)
Author: Thomas C. Robison
Genre: Non-Fiction Sub-Category: Biography
Reviewed by: Bob Flournoy

ISBN (for Amazon store): 1453596402

Based on actual events and set against the historical backdrop of America’s longest war, Wounded in Action tells the compelling and gripping story of courage and determination of one of the Army’s most elite combat soldiers as he faces the realities of surviving near fatal wounds and struggles to overcome the life changing devastation inflicted on his mind and body from the explosion of an enemy landmine.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Robison, T. Clement

Solomon’s Men

Title: Solomon’s Men
Author: Glenn Starkey
Genre: Fiction Sub-Category: Mystery/Thriller
Reviewed by: Edward Cox

ISBN (for Amazon store): 1932196072

Greg Valdez operates just the other side of the line, as a thief for private collectors. He's known as the best in the business. You name it, he's stolen it-from jewels to fine art. Now his mission takes him to an ancient monastery in Portugal, to steal a priceless artifact-the true Shroud of Turin-from beneath the altar. Centuries-old oaths and traditions come into play as modern day Templar Knights launch an international search for the thief and the Shroud. Glenn Starkey has written a book that will put you on the edge of your seat and keep you there. A real thriller in the tradition of the genre, Solomon's Men will take you on a roller coaster ride you'll wish would never end. You'll be asking yourself when Glenn Starkey's next book will hit the stands.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Starkey, Glenn

Tuffy’s Heroes

Title: Tuffy’s Heroes
Author: Joe “Tuffy” Tofuri
Genre: Military Sub-Category: Air Force
Reviewed by: Robert Schaefer

ISBN (for Amazon store): 0983174520

Meet the basic trainees whose lives will never be the same once they meet their Air Force Training Instructor, Technical Sergeant Joe "Tuffy" Tofuri. A hard-nosed T.I. who conveys his years of training and experience by using creative tactics to gain the attention of his trainees

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Tofuri, Joe "Tuffy"

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