Frank Langella's voice is worth the trip
Memoirs by Tony Curtis and Kirk Douglas
His resonant voice
Frank Langella goes out of his way to reveal the weaknesses of many celebrities through the telling of catty stories. These include Cameron Mitchell, Lee Strasberg, Arthur Miller, Rex Harrison, Elizabeth Taylor and Stella Adler among others. He seems to be impressed by great wealth (the Mellons) and fawns on others (the Kennedys, Princess Diana) and damns others with faint praise (Tony Curtis, Susannah York, Claudette Colbert, Robert Mitchum and Rita Hayworth). He reveals little of his personal life, only suggesting failed marriage(s) with several children and many sexual conquests. He remains true to his stage and screen personna, a cold and calculating customer with nary a hint of humanity.
I appreciated the depth of the author's research and his interpretation of the motives of the various actors. Beinart reviews America's foreign policy, concentrating on events after World War I.
Beinart is not one of the flag-waving historians who view America's history through the veil of feigned patriotism. Rather he is a pragmatist who believes America acts in its own best interest. However, many times America makes the wrong decision. The author uncovers some interesting connections and ironies along the way as he tries to get into the head of the protagonists and describe their thought processes in formulating the actions of America in the War on Terrorism.
No, the amount of material is too much to absorb in one sitting. This book is best listened to over a period of time to give the reader a chance to ponder these great issues.
This is an excellent thesis on the hubris of America in its dealings with its enemies. The Bush administration, particularly Cheney comes in for criticism. The machinations of the Bush clique is described in great detail.
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