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Reader's Digest Condensed Book Winter 1951: Anybody Can Do Anything; Elephant Bill; Signal Thirty-Two; German Faces; Mischief
Reader's Digest Condensed Book Winter 1951 Anybody Can Do Anything Elephant Bill Signal Thirty-Two German Faces Mischief Author:Betty MacDonald, Lt. Col. J.H. Williams, MacKinlay Kantor, Ann Stringer and Henry Ries, Charlotte Armstrong Anybody Can Do Anything by Betty MacDonald: — After surviving both the failed chicken farm - and marriage - immortalized in The Egg and I, Betty MacDonald returns to live with her mother and desperately searches to find a job to support her two young daughters. With the help of her older sister Mary, Anybody Can Do Anything recounts her failed, a... more »nd often hilarious, attempts to find work during the Great Depression.
Elephant Bill by Lt. Col. J. H. Williams:
A book comes along like this once in a lifetime. You read it as a small child, or even an adult, and never forget the images it conjures up of a wonderful Englishman who lives in the mysterious forests of faraway Burma and of the kind native people who teach him about their lovely country. But most of all, you never forget the elephants! For this is a story about those magnificent creatures. Though he was officially known as Lt. Colonel J. H. Williams, the author was known to the world at large as “Elephant Bill.” That is because he spent 25 years living with the elephants in the mountains and forests of Burma. There he trained them to haul teak logs out of the isolated jungles. Yet this is also a story of great courage, because when the Second World War struck it also came to Burma. The Japanese Imperial Army planned to confiscate the Burmese elephants, drafting them to make the bridges and railways they needed to invade India. When he learned of these plans to put his beloved animals to a war-like purpose, Elephant Bill knew what had to be done. The mighty kings of the jungle had to be evacuated to safety. This is thus the story not only of the peaceful days in the jungle, starting in 1921, but also the story of the largest elephant rescue in history. It tells the amazing account of how Elephant Bill, along with his friends and family, rode 45 of the great beasts across the mountains of Burma, before reaching safety in faraway India. A classic then. A classic now. “Elephant Bill” is a blessing to any library and a literary treasure.
Signal Thirty-Two by MacKinlay Kantor:
Virtually a sound track for a documentary on the 24-hour round of a cop in a patrol car, this story of Patrolman Joseph Shetland and his new side partner, Dan Mallow. Dan was young on the job but a good man to have along, whether the assignment sent them on a rape or a murder, a fight or a suicide attempt, a hold-up or a sidewalk obstruction, a crap game or a crying baby. The section they covered was part Negro, part Porto Rican -- and there were dull moments, but in the main there was always human interest. Into this panorama of the daily grind a bit of romance intruded, and Dan ran into trouble when he found that his Ellie wouldn't marry a cop. Her father had been one- and was killed on the job. Her brother, on the narrow edge of trouble all the time, was also a copy- and it went hard with Ellie. Even their wedding trip was abruptly terminated when Dan was called back to duty. The story gathers momentum and winds up with a near-call on murder involving Blondie, the death in action of Joe Shetland, and Dan, facing new responsibilities of fatherhood. Unusual material and unusual handling.
German Faces by Ann Stringer and Henry Ries:
In magnificent photographs and text, a portrait of the people, large and small, leaders and led, who must remake Germany in their image.
Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong:
Can the actions of a mere teen-age girl give you goose pimples? Jed Towers, cynical and hardened, thought not--but that was before he'd met Nell Munro, baby sitter extraordinary...What happens in this unified and swiftly paced novel of suspense and horror will make your hair stand on end.« less