Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Escape of Sigmund Freud : Freud's Final Years in Vienna And His Flight From The Nazi Rise
by David Cohen

The title of this book is very misleading. You don't read about his escape until you are more than halfway through the book. First, you must plow through copious amounts of detail and information on psychoanalysis plus the people who were active in this field.
Apparently, a Nazi named Anton Sauerwald saved Sigmund Freud but I never got to that point. The writing is very plodding and could be used in a university.
Not recommended. 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Father's Day : A Journey Into The Mind And Heart Of My Extraordinary Son
by Buzz Bissinger

Buzz Bissinger has a set of twins that were born three minutes apart and premature (by thirteen and a half weeks). The older one, Gerry, is going for a graduate degree in education at the University of Pennsylvania. Zach has only attended special schools and has a job bagging groceries at the supermarket. He'll never be able to be independent nor drive a car but he has incredible memory and loves maps.
Buzz decides that the two of them should take a road trip together to visit all of the places they used to live. He is hoping that this will bring them closer together because he feels that he hasn't been such an attentive father.
The subtitle of this book is very misleading. "Son" should be changed to "Self" because that is who Buzz is focused more on. His obnoxious personality bounces off the pages. At times, he has these juvenile rants where he uses profanity. Not necessary. He also airs his political views. Also, not necessary.
I didn't finish the book (I read half). Buzz just became more and more annoying.
Not recommended. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Hell Above Earth : The Incredible True Story Of An American WWII  Bomber Commander And The Copilot Ordered To Kill Him
by Stephen Frater

Both the title and subtitle are enough to make you want to dive right into this book. The first couple of chapters were quite interesting and then it turned sour.
During World War II, two men flew a B-17 together in Nazi territory. The pilot was an American named Werner Goering who had nerves of steel. His co-pilot was Jack Rencher. The two of them became great friends. There was only one catch. Goering was the nephew (supposedly) of the head of the Luftwaffe, Reich Marshal Herman Goering and the FBI wanted Werner killed if he surrendered to the Nazis. Rencher was chosen to shoot him.
Unfortunately, the suspense just hung in the air. The book is not riveting as the publisher notes it is. It's actually quite boring, repetitious and diverts, most of the time, from the subject. There's way too much filler about other events and flyers and this could easily have been a magazine article. But, the most annoying thing about the book was the poor editing (it jumped around all over the place) and the amount of missing words, duplication of words in the same sentence, typos, and inverted question marks was a chore to plow through.
I wrote to the author after having read thirty pages to alert him about the numerous errors. He wrote back saying that he knew about it, that it was very frustrating because it was totally out of his control. The publisher was in such a rush to get this book out and it's quite a sloppy mess.
Not recommended.