November 9, 1986 |
WHITE TOWN DROWSING by Ron Powers (Atlantic Monthly: $17.95; 320 pp.). "White Town Drowsing" recounts the author's return to his home town, Hannibal, Miss., after years away. Now a CBS commentator in New York, Ron Powers wonders "what was lost, and gained, by growing up in a small town like Hannibal and not leaving it--but living on there as an adult, the child's impressions not sealed and preserved, as mine had been . . .
June 13, 1988 |
I used to watch media critic Ron Powers on "CBS News Sunday Morning" with dread and anticipation. The dread came from knowing there was a good chance that Powers would make a wise observation about something important that I had failed to notice, something I should have written about but didn't. The anticipation came from knowing that whatever he did, it would be very, very good. On both counts, I was rarely disappointed.
October 20, 2006 |
"FLAGS of Our Fathers" is a story of extremes. It's the story of great heroism on a tiny island, of a photograph taken in 1/400 th of a second that wreaked havoc with the lives of everyone in it and influenced the course of a war. It's also a very American tale, set 60 years ago but startlingly relevant today, which intertwines and often contrasts bravery and chicanery, idealism and disillusion, war and propaganda, truth and national security.
September 20, 2005 |
IN the first century of America's independence, two men forged a new language for the new Republic: Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain. Of the writers and talkers of the 19th century, these two more than anyone else gave American English its own strong slant, its special sound and rhythm and punch. They gave their countrymen, too, their own identity, one not unduly influenced by the Old World.
December 20, 2002
Re "Manzanar Restoration a Step Toward Honesty," letters, Dec. 15: Of particular interest to me is the letter from Carolyn Brouwers, who uses the book "Farewell to Manzanar" as a teaching tool. She says that her students are surprised to learn of this bit of history. I suggest that their reading of "Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission" (Bataan Death March), by Hampton Sides, and "Flags of Our Fathers" (Battle of Iwo Jima), by James Bradley with Ron Powers, would also be enlightening and would somewhat balance their education.