FOURTH AND LONG

THE KENT WALDREP STORY

An athlete's too sketchy account of his struggle against paralysis. Waldrep was playing football for Texas Christian University in 1974 when his neck was broken, an accident that changed his life forever. His story opens on the day of that game and ends in 1990, with Waldrep at the White House watching President Bush sign the Americans with Disabilities Act, legislation which the former athlete had helped to draft. Assisted by journalist Malone, Waldrep recalls his immediate hospitalization, his dreary time at a rehab center, where he was assured that he would never walk again, and his return home, where his anger over the hopeless attitudes he encountered at the rehab center evolved into determination to do something to help fellow victims of paralysis. On learning that Soviet medicine offered some hope, he went there for treatment in 1978, and although his progress was apparently minimal, the experience spurred Waldrep to set up a foundation to fund research into a cure for paralysis. The ups and downs of the foundation and the in-fighting that eventually led to Waldrep's departure from it are the subject of the books's final, rather self-serving chapters. This story ought to be inspiring, for the author's determination is remarkable and his goal of helping others admirable. Despite good raw materiala hero who's metaphorically bloody but unbowed, several romances that don't pan out and one that does, and villains galore, including nonsupportive university staff and hope-destroying doctorsthe story seems to be missing its heart. In the end, one knows more about the poor quality of Russian food than about the quality of Waldrep's life. Wait for a TV versionthis is a natural for a docudrama. (16 photos, not seen) (First printing of 40,000)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-8245-1508-0

Page Count: 204

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1995

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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