On the bookshelf


“Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman: A Memoir from the Early Twentieth Century”

By Matilda Rabinowitzwith commentary and original drawings by Robbin Legere Henderson (Cornell University Press)

​​​​The author of this book was the grandmother of the editor. “Her life represents the lives of many immigrant girls who dreamed that America would provide a better life than the one they had escaped—those who found toil, exploitation, and disappointment, yet struggled to realize the ideals of democracy, freedom, and equality that drew them here.” 

Older Interviews are located at Archived Interviews. 

"I Remember Me

By Carl Reiner

In honor of the iconic Carl Reiner 's 96th birthday, ON THE BOOKSHELF brings back an interview recorded for his 92nd birthday.

“The Tuskegee Airmen Chronology: A Detailed Timeline of the Red Tails and Other Black Pilots of World War II”
​by Daniel L. Haulman (New South Books, Montgomery, Alabama)

​This book addresses the progress of black aviators in the 20th century including the WWII era and its influence on Korean War and the US military. It is the first book to chronicle all the events and people who led to the creation of this unique and highly successful military training experience and the personnel it produced, who served honorably and exceptionally.  

​“Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago” 

​By William Hargrove

Organized crime turned Chicago into a private fiefdom; elected government had effectively ceased to exist. The Great Depression came crashing down at the end of the “Roaring Twenties”, 10 years after the Volstead Amendment essentially drove Americans to drink illegally. That created vast fortunes for those who smuggled in booze and beer, such as Al Capone.