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How Fibber McGee and Molly Won World War II
How Fibber McGee and Molly Won World War II
by Mickey C. Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: $21.47
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, October 2, 2010
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Many readers of this book will be--like me--fans of Old Time Radio or history buffs. For us there is lots of nostalgia and a few interesting tidbit about our hobby. The author is clearly a fan of OTR, very knowledgable and personally committed to the genre. He is however, Distinguished Professor of *Pharmacy*, not history or media studies or something closer to the topic, and unfortunately it shows. He writes as an amateur, and avid one, but still an amateur. The author seems to have a handful of ideas, then repeats and repeats and illustrates and re-illustrates. We learn lots about WWII and American home life during those years, and indeed the historical vignettes are often more interesting and better written than the main text. Nearly half the book is dedicated to summaries, usually 1-3 pages, of each episode with a war-time theme. These, like the rest of the book, are repetitive and soon get tedious. There is little analysis, little insight, and mostly play-by-play rehashing of the episode. Most annoying, and perhaps telling of the overall lack of quality are the many, many typos. One might expect 2 or 3 in a book from a quality publisher. This book has closer to 30. It reads like a typescript rather than something actually edited and ready for press. I'm sure Dr. Smith was well intentioned and is writing from the heart. But for a $21.00 paperback, I expect something professionally written and edited, and this unfortunately isn't it.


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