LIFE WITH FIORELLO by Ernest Cuneo

LIFE WITH FIORELLO

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This might better be called ""My Life with Fiorello, for it is a slight, highly personalized story by La Guardia's sometime law clerk and personal friend in the period between 1930 and 1932 -- a story that keeps the author in the forefront and uses LaGuardia as backdrop. So superficial it is that the end impression is that the late Mayor had no depth in personality nor political convictions. The incidents recorded are primarily political, and in their presentation seem disconnected and unrelated to his later career. There is a tone of respect mingled with fond sentiment, highly uncritical. And the style ranges from the atrocious to the unevenly poor. Those who knew LaGuardia will be irritated by inaccuracies. The best that can be said is that it may recall a portion of LaGuardia's personality to those who shared in his political activities. A thoughtful study of the man and his times is in order, but this does not fill the bill. It is possible a Winchell plug (Cunco is, I believe, Winchell's lawyer) may bring it to popular attention. Nothing else is likely to do so.

Publisher: Macmillan