- Paperback: 828 pages
- Publisher: Doukathsan Press; 1st edition (April 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977808912
- ISBN-13: 978-0977808915
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,975,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thine Alabaster Cities Gleam Paperback – April 1, 2007
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And so my own measure of what makes a book a good one--or makes an object in any of the arts a good one--is short and simple: It's the truth-measure. The definition of this measure, that is, is short and simple. Explaining why or how something fits it may be another matter altogether, as complicated as the piece under consideration.
In the case of Lawrence Velvel, however, clarity and simplicity (that's a good word, by the way) are the rule from opening words to final paragraph, and with good reason: The author's subject through all four volumes of this memoir is the simple and consistent truth that honesty in America is a big disadvantage, in fact a crippling disadvantage, to a person's profession, career, success, stature, income, and life achievement. At least this is so if the person's profession happens to be the law. And if that person's career had its beginning somewhere around mid-century, right after World War II had been won by the forces of freedom, a time when, as Velvel puts it in his preface to Volume One, "the American Dream was in full flower."