TOO RICH

THE HIGH LIFE AND TRAGIC DEATH OF KING FAROUK

A sympathetic, if somewhat bifurcated, portrait of the deposed Egyptian playboy king. Stadiem (A Class by Themselves, 1980) seems unsure of how to approach his subject, as long stretches of straightforward history alternate with the type of tittle-tattle usually found at checkout counters. He traces Farouk's ouster and his subsequent career as a buffoonish jet-set celebrity back to the treatment accorded him by the colonial British. The chief instrument of British imperialistic policy was, according to Stadiem, Sir Miles Lampson, Britain's ambassador to Egypt and a man bent on having the young monarch—the immensely handsome and popular Farouk came to the throne at 17—toe the line and ``be a good boy'' by acceding to British wishes in the Mideast. British influence in Egypt, Stadiem points out, was in fact one of the major factors in the rise of Egyptian nationalism as envisioned by such figures as Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar el- Sadat; it was this nationalism that eventually toppled Farouk. Though this argument is somewhat simplistic, Stadiem buttresses his position with some convincing data. He is less successful when interviewing Farouk's intimates, ranging from many of the women he bedded to his son Ahmed Fuad, who was briefly king of Egypt until the monarchy was abolished. And an inordinate amount of space is devoted to the king's sexual escapades, which, for good or ill, seem to have been fairly humdrum. Prolix and frequently repetitious, and vacillating from the scholarly to the snickering: a disappointing portrait of a potentially fascinating subject. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: June 14, 1991

ISBN: 0-88184-629-5

Page Count: 448

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1991

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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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