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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta A collection of brief book reviews "Night Ride" by Angela Ar- dizzone, (Longman Canada Limited, 30 A charming story for young children about long-forgotten toys who managed to escape from a dark cupboard and took a ride through the night on a toy engine. The il- lustrations of Edward Ar- dizzone will make this book enhancing to the youngest child. GERTA PATSON "The Horse Comes First" by Mary Calhoun (Atheneum, 188 Young readers will enjoy this well written, thoroughly researched look into the gracefully beautiful sport of harness racing. They'll enjoy Randy and Deb as the two youngsters try to discover who really comes first, a horse or a human. Recommended for youngsters with a love for horses. GARRY ALLISON "Mountain People, Mountain Crafts" by Elinor Lander Horwitz, (McCelland and Stewart Ltd., pages, A brief history of the people and crafts of the Appalachian Mountains is presented with sympathy and understanding. Exploited by lumber and min- ing companies whose ul- cerated remnants deface the land, many people depend en- tirely on crafts for their meagre existence. From the remote areas, the author has recorded and photographed familiar crafts of spinning and weaving with the less known coal craft, snake canes and others. The simple descriptions should en- courage the reader to try the easier ones. ELSIE MORRIS "American Caves and Caving" by William R. Halliday, M.D. (Fitzhenry and Whiteside Ltd. 348 All aspects of caving are covered in this book from the types of caves through to search and rescue of unfor- tunate cavers. While my ex- perience in caves, two hours spent in the cold Lewis and Clarke Caverns, has not led me to a new love. I found this book intriguing, not so much for the caves themselves but for the apparent lack of fear and worry the cavers have. These spelunkers think nothing of wedging themselves into tight crevices with hopes they will lead to a larger tunnel or sliding through mud or bat guano feet deep. Climbing around inside these underground caverns is not for the weak of heart as they scale walls that would deter mountain climbers or dive through underwater tunnels, ever searching for new rooms and tunnels to ex- plore. Extremely dangerous, 200 cave divers have been drowned in Florida scuba div- ing in caves, caving does have its rewards in beauty and the thrill of being where no other human has ever been. The author describes the delights and dangers of caving, instructing the readers as to the types of cave, the handling of each situation one may come up against underground, equip- ment to use and precautions to take It is a technical book designed mainly for the spelunker but is still interesting reading. GARRY ALLISON "Ron For the Roses: 100 Years at The Kentucky Der- by" by Jim Bolus (Prentice- Hall of Canada Ltd., 209 Besides the obvious, naming the winners of each derby and describing the race, the book looks at numerous interesting sidelights. Jockies' records, stable records, track managers, fillies that have been successful, the first female jockey, and on and on. are included in this book that is a history not only of racing's greatest race, but in essence of racing itself. And the photos are classic. GARRY ALLISON "Rule Britannia''' (Oonbleday, 952 In the wake of recent news reports about alleged secret organizations in Britain prepared to act in event of future national disruptions, this book is fascinating. It becomes all the more interesting when the reader notes author Daphne du Manner copyrighted the novel in 1972 What did Daphne know about British moods back in 1S71? Her novel gives some clues Rule Britannia is a glimpse of what could happen in remote communities follow- ing a sudden and dramatic alliance of the United Kingdom and the United States. A patrol of U.S. marine commandos come ashore near the rural home of Madam, a retired theatrical actress. A farm dog is shot splattered, to be more precise so begins a suspenseful and bitter round of "them" and "us." Helping Madam in the resistance to this occupation are a houseful of adopted boys, a mysterious beachcomber, a medical doc- tor and other Cornish locals. For awhile, Madam is nothing more than a fly buzz- ing in the ear of an elephant but then the elephant goes beserk! The book would make a great screenplay. NOEL BUCHANAN "Swampfire" by Patricia Cecil Haas (Dodd, Mead and Co., 187 Another good book for youngsters to curl up with. Swampfire tells the tale of Sally and Andrew who camp out with their new found friend Robin. The ensuing adventure that follows will make exciting reading as the children confront a ghost in the swamp. ANNE SZALAVARY "The Nuremberg Raid" by Martin Middlebrook (Longman Canada Ltd., 369 This book is an historical description of the disastrous British air raid against Nuremberg on the night of March 30 to 31, 1944. On that raid, the RAF's Bomber Com- mand suffered its heaviest loss of the war per cent and the author goes to great length to describe the exact circumstances that brought about the loss. The raid is also placed in perspective against the rest of the Second World War air offensive, and the broader history of the 20th century. The book is a good presenta- tion of a great deal of research. It includes personal accounts by both British and German staff and aircrew, whom the author often lets speak for themselves. The Nuremberg Raid is part of a trilogy on the role of or- dinary people in the two world wars. "The First Day on the Somme" was published in 1971, and the third part, about a naval battle, is in preparation. MURDOCH MACLEOD "What a Funny Thing to by Bernice Kohn, (Fitzhenry Whiteside Limited, 87 This very entertaining book could generate an interest in young children for their own language and also sensitize them for other languages. It has a short table of language families at the end and tells about the origins and variations of English. It introduces word games, shows humor in slang and cliches and explains secret languages and codes. It could be fun for those who are aware that words lend themselves to more use than only for transmitting infor- mation. GERTA PATSON "Apology for Wonder" by Sam Keen (Harper Row, 218 pages, distributed by Fitehenry Whiteside This book, published in 1969, deserves belated notice because it has some interesting things to say about the attitude of wonder, regret- tably absent from the lives of many modern people. Beginning with an analysis of the "anatomy" of wonder the author moves to a discus- sion of wonder in childhood and decisively rejects the no- tion that reason is the destroyer of wonder. Then there is a review of traditional man's view of the cosmos as wonderful. By contrast, modern man lives without a sense of order and purpose, floating along with whatever happens in a state of boredom. The examination of modern man what be is like and bow he got that way is il- luminating. But I personally got bogged down in the subse- quent inquiry into the authen- tic life employing Apollonian and Dionysian models ami delving at great length into psychoanalysis. In a brief conclusion he argues that celebration (worship in the traditional sense, he says, is no longer viable for a large portion of contemporary society) is the way to recover wonder. Celebration is the act of re- joicing in the presence of things, events and persons that are luminous with meaning. DOUG WALKER "Madam Kitty" by Peter Norden (Longman Canada Limited, 223 Wine, women and gossip were a dangerous mix used by Germany in the last war to spy on foreign diplomats and leading Nazis. The German SS took over Salon Kitty, a high class brothel in Berlin, install- ed bugging devices in every room, and trained agents to act (not always unwillingly) as prostitutes. A combination of alcohol and female ingenui- ty helped clients (including such important figures as Ribbentrop, Count Ciano and Reinhard Heydrich) to reveal military plans and also to say what they really thought about Hitler and his goons. All conversations were recorded, filed, and appropriate action was taken when the gossip was con- sidered serious enough. Peter Norden has written a fascinating account of the ac- tivities of secret service agents and their opponents in counter espionage. His research was very thorough and the result is a true story that reads like a first class thriller. TERRY MORRIS "The Indian: Assimilation, Integration or a Canada Issues Options Series (Prentice-Hall of Canada Ltd, 248 This text-like book compiled of a number of short articles concerning the Canadian In- dian's plight, pro and con, is interesting if not easy reading. Canada's In- dians on reserves are defended, criticized, sym- pathized with, turned into statistics and graphs, and numerous social cures are prescribed by people ranging from Pauline Johnson to Prime Minister Trudeau. Almost every aspect of Indian life is covered whether you agree or disagree with the problems or the proposed solutions it is, though, a provoking book. GARRY ALLISON Saturday, Stptomtor 7, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 5 THE VOICE OF ONE Dr. Frank S. Morley Cable Mountain area Photo Hill Groenen Book review. Superficial biography of Ford "Jerry Ford: Up by Bud Vestal (Longman Canada Ltd., 214 This brief biography, the first book ever written about the new U.S. president, is dis- appointing. It was put together while Ford was still vice president and some of its flaws may be attributable to the rush to get it into print to capitalize on an obvious market. Two major criticisms can be directed at the book. In the first place, it is poorly organized. The author, a news reporter from Ford's home town of Grand Rapids. Michigan, had the research assistance of seven Michigan journalists, according to the book jacket. It is easy to believe that it is the work of a committee. The book is not written from a chronological point of view. This is not a criticism in itself. However, modi skill and artistry and simple care must go into the weaving of a biography in which informa- tion is grouped by subject matter rather than on a chronological basis. Such ar- tistry and care are absent here At limes the book is con- fusing to the point of in- coherence in its repeating of information and its movement backward and forward in time almost between paragraphs. In the second place, the biography is superficial, narrow in perception and totally lacking in depth. Its 208 pages of text are presented in large print less, one suspects. lor thi- readers- than the purpose o! filling up space The level of taste can be judged by a glance at the chapter headings, which include: "In the Valley of the Grand, by the Rapids." "To End as a and "Dad Thought Character Began with Rules." The quality of the author's insight ran be illustrated irorn the book On. the Watergalt inai d bie stall "i foncrr minds can pet the boss inio MI much trou- ble that he must spend half his time just trying to reorganize and survive." and. of a new receptionist on Ford's vice presidential staff. "AH in- dications were she would more Jin a twelvemonth iflt-tv-al lhan a or al ihc jrrc'-tii.'ii u-> Oillcgr Tlit'M are no! penetrating and lead 1o Tht Misjiinn-i thai thr book was- dinned lor the juvenile marke1 or. to lake an unflattering view of the American voter, for the 3976 campaign A good biography is a labor oj Jove Thi- rKJok more get a chance, simply shoot 1be fish In tidal waters, poachers prefer pill nets Sometimes, they stretch chicken wire across spawning nvcrs but it's more efficient lor iwo men with a third as a lookout to "weep" 3 salmon pool with a net and then vanish with the fish. They can do the whole job in 15 minutes. Some of our more picturesque preservers of the old way of life are fishermen who. with their left hands, collect government money as compensation for not catching salmon while, with their right hands, they collect black market money for catching salmon. You might call them two-fisted desperadoes of the Old East. Some of the poachers are Indians. Others have 100 horsepower outboard motors for snappy getaways, and wear silk stocking masks, wigs and horny mustaches. "Many of these people." says Jack Fenerty of Fredericton. "are employing things that Mis- sion Impossible hasn't thought of yet." (Fenerty was chairman of the Atlantic Salmon Association's recent conference on how to bring the rustlers to heel.) But their tools are also the old and honorable ones of men who have always known the honest grace of working with their hands. Rocks, for instance. Poachers have stoned government mens' cars, government mens' boats, and government men. "These rocks." one fisheries officer reported to his superiors, "were large enough to cause a great deal of harm if they came in contact with a person." And clubs, knives, bottles, belts and fists. And good basic firearms. A few blasts from trusty rifles and shotguns regularly clear the woods and waters of the unarmed fisheries officials. "The time has arrived." one warden states, "when many people are will- ing to risk killing somebody to get a salmon." Poachers tried to injure fisheries officers at least 33 times last year and. on back roads when the odds were right, they had some success. For good measure, they punctured tires of government patrol cars, cut gas lines, ripped out ignition wires, and issued threats to the families of the government men. The old intimidations are the best intimidations. Some anglers want the government to fight the poachers with guns, paralyzing gases, police dogs and radar. They do not know they are bucking history. Salmon poaching, like lobster poaching, is a descendant of rum- running, earlier smuggling and privateering. It offers fast money, moonlit adventure and maybe even the admiration of your neighbors. Certainly, they aren't going to turn you in (or going out at night to round up a few salmon And when we discover one day that no one will ever again sil down to poached Atlantic salmon with hoJlandaise sauce we will all have the consolation of knowing that, while the old values were crashing Jo the ground in other places, the eUinct fish had done their part to preserve a traditional way of 3ife in these ancient provinces by the sea No help forthcoming By Dong Walker Goodwin came down from Calgary to play golf with me on the long weekend at the first August On the morning of the first round, after the blessing had been asked at breakfast. Goody complained that I hadn't pot in a good word lor him lor the game said Elspeth. 'that's not something you prav about, you'll have to be satisfied with the unspoken longings of your heart." That didn't work and neither did going to church with as. He lost all three games ;