Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Click here: Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | The quiet American

David Remnick, clearly, is a fine writer and a fine editor.

But Seymour Hersh is a very partisan investigative reporter who only investigated what proves his point. I heard him say roughly this at Harvard's Kennedy School not long after his award-winning article on My Lai shortly after the Vietnam War.

And where are some other fine Jewish-American writers?

Irwin Shaw spun the finest short stories of his time and a fine war novel The Young Lions.

Herman Wouk's Caine Mutiny was a breakthrough book, followed by narratives that probably best explained what happened in World War II.

Of course they had a problem: Their works were eminently readable and informative.

The idea that populist Al Gore (The People versus the Powerful) has a private chef is a gas.

And he is not "Mr. Vice President." He is not even Mr. Former Vice President. He is Mr. Ex-Vice President.

Ben





1 Comments:

Anonymous Santiago said...

America has been blessed with a lot of great Jewish writers.

September 13, 2006  

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