BEAU JAMES by Gene Fowler
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A biography that is as from the heart as the earlier Good Night Sweet Prince and that offers a living, breathing Jimmie Walker. An all too human portrait -- from his childhood in Greenwich Village to the days of international renown -- proves New York's ex-mayor well worth the fame he knew, and man and boy he is shown in his great moments as well in his less happy. His story is known by many but here are the intimate details, the little incidents, the pressures, and tensions that round out his character, and Fowler makes this more than a standard recapitulation with his warm, sympathetic understanding of the man himself. He refutes too much of the scandal attached to Walker's name, handles the political angles as well as the domestic, and vividly revives interest in the little man. Of definite local interest and wide in its appeal.

Pub Date: April 8th, 1949
Publisher: Viking