THE GREAT AMERICAN HERITAGE by Bela- Ed. Kornitzer

THE GREAT AMERICAN HERITAGE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

To prove his thesis that the real wealth of American is in the moral and spiritual contribution to the American heritage, Kornitzer provides a composite biography of the Eisenbower family ""to illustrate how, although born in relative poverty"" men can ""rise in an atmosphere of freedom to whatever success their talents permit"". Gathered from interviews recorded on tape, this parallels memories with careers, qualities with personalities, and differences with agreement -- as Arthur, the banker, Edgar, the corporation lawyer, Earl, the engineer who is now a newspaper executive, Roy, the pharmacist (now dead), Milton, the University president, and Dwight, the President, respond to Kornitzer's questions. Their parents, David and Ida, and the deeply religious, close home life they provided; the boyhood incidents, exploits and adventures; further education and solo starts in life -- these are all interwoven in the brothers' individual stories and in their recollections of each other as individual accomplishments merge with family anecdotes. Not angled politically, this is a conscientious research into the force of the family, the assets handed down for independence and integrity and the basic spirit and character that motivated this particular unit. Repetitious at times but authentic in its material.

Pub Date: June 27th, 1955
Publisher: Farrar, Straus