LET'S GET IT ON

TOUGH TALK FROM BOXING'S TOP REF AND NEVADA'S MOST OUTSPOKEN JUDGE

Known to non-boxing fans as the fight official who witnessed Mike Tyson make a meal of Evander Holyfield’s ear, Lane has also made quite an impression outside the squared circle as a pugilistic district judge in that law-and-order mecca, Nevada. Here he takes his trademark phrase, “let’s get it on,” sincerely—and some would say disconcertingly—to heart. Lane holds forth on a variety of topics, including affirmative action, parenting, race relations, individual responsibility, boxing, and, in light of his forthcoming syndicated television program, celebrity. A former marine, Mills applies what he learned as a raw recruit to virtually every facet of his life. In court, his tough, no-nonsense, and occasionally expedient approach to crime and especially punishment (he is outspoken in his defense of both capital punishment and the Second Amendment) earned him the sorbiquet “Maximum Mills.” But the real source of Mills’s fame is his actions in the ring as a prize-fight ref, and thankfully, that’s where he confines most of his narrative. Praised within the boxing world for his integrity, Mills delivers some devastating blows to the sport, rightly taking it to task for being run by ruthless and greedy flesh peddlers. He also comes to the defense of the unsophisticated or punch-drunk boxers on whom promoters and managers regularly prey. Oddly, Lane professes his admiration for the business acumen of the man acknowledged by most to be the worst of the breed, boxing promoter Don King. Perhaps a stand against convention is the sort of thing that endears people to this latter-day frontier legend in the first place. In his final chapter, Lane delivers a listing of his “top ten fights” that accomplishes in a few pages what some ring scribblers take whole volumes to do. Quite impressive. Some engaging and provocative bluster from a man who calls ‘em as he sees ‘em, in life, in the ring, and in the courtroom.

Pub Date: July 8, 1998

ISBN: 0-609-60311-6

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1998

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The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the...

NIGHT

Elie Wiesel spent his early years in a small Transylvanian town as one of four children. 

He was the only one of the family to survive what Francois Maurois, in his introduction, calls the "human holocaust" of the persecution of the Jews, which began with the restrictions, the singularization of the yellow star, the enclosure within the ghetto, and went on to the mass deportations to the ovens of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. There are unforgettable and horrifying scenes here in this spare and sombre memoir of this experience of the hanging of a child, of his first farewell with his father who leaves him an inheritance of a knife and a spoon, and of his last goodbye at Buchenwald his father's corpse is already cold let alone the long months of survival under unconscionable conditions. 

The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the sphere of suffering shared, and in this case extended to the death march itself, there is no spiritual or emotional legacy here to offset any reader reluctance.

Pub Date: Jan. 16, 2006

ISBN: 0374500010

Page Count: 120

Publisher: Hill & Wang

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2006

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If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

THE 48 LAWS OF POWER

The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power.

Everyone wants power and everyone is in a constant duplicitous game to gain more power at the expense of others, according to Greene, a screenwriter and former editor at Esquire (Elffers, a book packager, designed the volume, with its attractive marginalia). We live today as courtiers once did in royal courts: we must appear civil while attempting to crush all those around us. This power game can be played well or poorly, and in these 48 laws culled from the history and wisdom of the world’s greatest power players are the rules that must be followed to win. These laws boil down to being as ruthless, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful as possible. Each law, however, gets its own chapter: “Conceal Your Intentions,” “Always Say Less Than Necessary,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy,” and so on. Each chapter is conveniently broken down into sections on what happened to those who transgressed or observed the particular law, the key elements in this law, and ways to defensively reverse this law when it’s used against you. Quotations in the margins amplify the lesson being taught. While compelling in the way an auto accident might be, the book is simply nonsense. Rules often contradict each other. We are told, for instance, to “be conspicuous at all cost,” then told to “behave like others.” More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live. The world may be like this at times, but often it isn’t. To ask why this is so would be a far more useful project.

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-670-88146-5

Page Count: 430

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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