Across Time and Space: Chronicles of Courage, Hope, Love, Persistence and Leadership. Assumed published, Copyright and Written by Emilio Iodice.
The title of this book fortified by its subtitle, “Stories for Us, our Children and Grand Children explain exactly its contents. The opening story describes a young German woman who had the fortitude to defy Hitler. The second details the story of the 5 Sullivan brothers who were lost together while serving aboard a U.S. Navy ship during WW II. Another is that of the heroic action of a young Italian police officer and the stories continues with numerous other examples of “wisdom, courage, love, compassion, charity, integrity, faith and hope”. Many of the offerings included are examples of residents of a small island off the Italian coast and apparently are memories of individuals known by, about, and/or are relatives of, the author, and all exhibited one or more of the attributes mentioned above. Many tales seem to be personal remembrances of these individuals as they immigrated to the U.S. and attempted to blend into the country during the devastating Great Depression that began in 1929. Interestingly detailed accounts of the founder of Bank of America, President John F. Kennedy, athletes Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and others also are depicted.
Discussion: The author has described periods of great unrest and/or others calling for display of all of the personal qualities he has enumerated as well as frequent sacrifices of varying degrees. It is a book seemingly ‘written from the heart’ by one who also has experienced some of the same or similar situations. The author has provided an authentic touch to each episode by offering pertinent references. The only regrettable aspect of the book from this reviewer’s perspective is the amount of repetitive material that judicious editing would have eliminated. Overall however, a most thoughtfully prepared and written text from which readers will gain much while enjoying the diverse nature of the tales.
4* 5*Thoughtful reminiscences providing many lessons; -1* editing required.
Silent Spring – Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War ISBN: 978173547421 Whatnot Enterprises, researched and written by Patrick Hogan.
Following a compelling opening “Special Thanks and Personal Note” and a “Glossary of Acronyms and Abbreviations Used”, the author provides 19 chapters, each with pertinent Endnotes, and a Postscript describing aspects of the Vietnam War. Beginning with his personal involvement he follows with a mass of material with respect to the huge quantities of herbicides and insecticides with which they repeatedly were sprayed and otherwise were surrounded in Vietnam. These are followed with chapters dealing with the Veterans Administration and other governmental agencies’ denial of benefits to servicemen for their later developing wide-ranging pattern of diseases. His research has amassed a huge amount of evidence of the detrimental effects of exposure to such now infamously notable substances such as Agent Orange and DDT, as well as also widely employed but lesser known substances such as DEET, Malathion and others. The author’s discussion continues describing the various explanations, caveats and blatant omissions of pertinent facts as well as other ploys the governmental agencies have employed to refuse acceptance of any culpability.
Discussion: This book is part memoir and part a research report done by an intelligent man whose research training has been rather rudimentary but who has developed it well as a somewhat secondarily acquired vocation. His understanding and presentation of factual material and its relevance is excellent as are his understanding of the ploys, mistakes and/or deliberate misuse of experimental populations, inexcusable ‘loss of data’ and the rest. The only regrettable note from this reader is that Judicious editing would have eliminated a considerable amount of repetition and increased the work’s impact. However, he has set forth a really impressive mass of material that is irrefutable and that once again exposes the unfortunately still continuing, and seemingly expanding, shameful hypocrisy of the tightly entwined duo of Big Business and Government where the mantra is to deny and the bottom line is the Holy Grail.
4* 5* well-done expose; -1 need for judicious editing.