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Lawrence Goldstone

I was born in Brooklyn. I'm not going to say in what year, but as a hint, we had a party line on our telephone, milk was delivered by a horse-drawn wagon early each morning, one of my favorite things to do as a kid was ride the electric trolley, and the beloved Dodgers always lost the big one. (Well, one of those has survived history.) We were one of the only Jewish families in a Mafia neighborhood but since my grandfather always let Family members in need hide out in the back room of his luncheonette, we were valued members of the community. I had one of those idyllic city childhoods—stickball in the streets, riding my 400 pound Schwinn two-wheeler down the steep hill abutting the cemetery, playing cops and robbers with the children of real cops and robbers. Eventually we moved to a better neighborhood and life got significantly duller. I had an uneven school career, even before I knew what "anarchist" meant. When I was eight, my mother was called in to see the principal, yet again. He pulled me out of class, stood me in the hall for maximum intimidation value, then said to my mom, "Your son has no respect for authority." Mom asked, "What about that, Larry?" My reply—and this is totally true—was, "He doesn't mean respect. He means courtesy. You can demand courtesy but you have to earn respect." Those sentiments have not changed, which is why, I suppose, I have an extremely critical eye for history, especially American history, that deifies the winners. I don't think we make ourselves stronger as a nation by pretending our founders were somehow not as human in their flaws as the rest of us. I started college at sixteen and by eighteen, I was out. I worked for a bit, then went back to school locally at Queens College. I was lucky enough to encounter an extraordinary, totally superb poli sci professor named Sol Resnik. I traipsed along behind him, both academically and personally, and eventually got a PhD from the New School for Social Research, writing my dissertation on the underemphasized role of slave economics at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Thirty years later, I turned it into a book, Dark Bargain. I couldn't get a teaching job—it was the height of Vietnam avoidance and everyone was in graduate school. I bounced around as much professionally as in school—at various times, I've been a lecturer, senior member of a Wall Street trading firm, taxi driver, actor, quiz show contestant, and policy analyst at the Hudson Institute. I started writing in my forties after watching Nancy do it and being overwhelmed with jealousy. My first real gig was a $10 op-ed column for a local weekly in the Berkshires. They let me write whatever I wanted and it was invaluable as both an outlet and learning experience. From there, I knew I simply could not do anything else. By now, I've written well over a dozen books of both fiction and non-fiction, six of which were co-authored with Nancy, who saved my life countless times and in countless ways. I've had articles, reviews, and opinion pieces that have appeared in, among other publications, the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Hartford Courant, New Republic, and Berkshire Eagle. I've also written for a number of magazines that have gone bust, although I deny any cause and effect.


Lawrence Goldstone - Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Search for Justice


WAR ANIMALS: THE UNSUNG HEROES OF WWII - Robin Hutton

They had no voice ... they had no choice Millions rallied to the cause of freedom against Nazism and the menace of Imperial Japan. But did you know that some of those heroes had fur, or feathers? War animals guarded American coasts against submarine attack, dug out Londoners trapped in bomb wreckage, and carried vital messages under heavy fire on Pacific islands. They kept up morale, rushed machine gun nests, and even sacrificed themselves picking up live grenades. This book tells the heart-warming stories of the dogs, horses, mules, pigeons—and even one cat—who did their bit for the war effort. American and British families volunteered beloved family pets and farm dogs when rationing made it difficult to feed them; President Roosevelt, bought honorary commissions in the reserves for lapdogs and other pets not suitable for military duties to “exempt” them from war service and raise money to defeat Hitler and Tojo. Many of these gallant animals are recipients of the prestigious PDSA Dickin Medal, the “Animals’ Victoria Cross.” In War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of World War II you’ll meet: • Judy, the POW dog who helped her beloved human survive brutal Japanese prison camps • Cher Ami, the pigeon in WWI who nearly died delivering a message that saved American troops from death by friendly fire • Beauty, the “digging dog” who sniffed out Londoners buried in the wreckage of the Blitz—along with pets, including one goldfish still in its bowl! • Olga, the horse who braved shattering glass to do her duty in London bombings • Smoky, the Yorkshire terrier who did parachute jumps, laid communications wire through a pipe so small only she could navigate it, became the first therapy dog—and starred on a weekly TV show after the War • Simon, the war cat whose campaign against the “Mao Tse Tung” of the rat world saved food supplies and his ship’s crew Chips, who guarded Roosevelt and Churchill during the Casablanca Conference, and the only dog to earn a Silver Star for his heroics These are just a few of the 70+ heroes you will discover in this book. The shining loyalty and courage of these heroes is a testimony to the enduring bond between us and the animals we love.



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