|About the Book|
Every day makes some history, but some days contribue more than others. This work focuses on what was, in many respects, an average day in the summer of 1941 - baseball games, radio programs, and an eventful vote in the House of Representatives that would prove later to be fateful indeed.The author is primarily concerned with illuminating the characters in their historical context - and what characters they were, especially in comparison to the blow-dried common lot of todays Congressional leadership. Pyle does a commendable job in not only understanding and interpreting the long-lost culture of the early Forties but in encapsulating the personalities of the time into brief, majestic passages.The chief drawback, however, is that the narrative flow is somewhat compromised. Fools, Drunks and the United States has, at times, the aspect of a cocktail party, complete with great swooping arcs of conversational flow that sometimes go in every which direction. A learned and erudite cocktail party, to be sure, but the aimless, meandering path the story takes can be frustrating.Full Disclosure: MSP is an e-mail friend and a good sort, and I happily recommend this work to all. Its limitations are apparent but honorable, and the signature MSP style is evident on every page.