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Book Reviews Continued from page 28 speech and Mr. Beck was the attorney who enforced that copyright against a national television network. He has received numerous awards and received his JD from Harvard and his MA, summa cum laude, from George Washington University Law School and was the recipient of a BA from Emory University, magna cum laude. His writing style is articulate and erudite and he tells the story of his father and the Charles White case as if it is a memoir of past events recalled. On the dust cover of the book is a recommendation by Martin Luther King, III and by Morris Dees, of the Southern Poverty Law Center. It is worth your time and money to obtain this book and read a true story in contrast to the fictional “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The Klass: Tyro By Dan Klasing 2016 Daniel R. Klasing, 322 pp Mr. Klasing, a Birmingham Bar member, has written a fictional account which seems to be a Roman à Clef about life in Alabama while he was in college and law school. If the book is a “memoir,” it describes life at the University of Alabama with affection and southern pride. It is set in Alabama in various recognizable geographical venues and tells the story of a coup attempted by “the Klass” which the author describes as follows: “For decades, rumors, innuendo and various accounts of a secret society at the University of Alabama called ‘the machine’ have been whispered about throughout the state. Rumors of the existence of ‘the machine’ inspired me to write The Klass.” This is a sequel to another book written by Mr. Klassing called The Klass: Doyens. It is an entertaining read if one wishes to return to the carefree days of college and law school. The Navigator II Irish Revenge By Steve Coleman 2016 S.B. Coleman, 305 pp Mr. Coleman is the son of former Bankruptcy Judge Steven B. Coleman. This book is a sequel to his former book called The Navigator, A Perilous Passage, Evasion At Sea. Steve has spent the last 12 summers in Northern Ireland and did his Rotary makeups at the Rotary Club of Coleraine and developed several friendships there. This book describes the fervor by which Northern Ireland sets itself off against the British Crown. This reviewer visited Northern Ireland on a cruise several years ago, and the Northern Irish vehemence was evident at a wall where the tour bus stopped, which wall contained graffiti which is not suitable for re-printing here. The tour bus driver was asked the question, “What sort of reception would you give the queen if she visited Northern Ireland?” The answer: “So what - who cares?” The antipathy is obviously and openly present today and Steve tells the bitter history, “that in Northern Ireland the desire for deadly vengeance is far from over.” This reviewer reviewed a history written by Steve of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, which was published in these pages many years ago. Steve is an excellent writer and actually does the oil paintings for the covers of his books. Should Have Played Poker (A Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery) By Debra H. Goldstein 2016 Five Star Publishing, Gale Cengage Learning, Farmington Hills, Michigan, 241 pp Debra Goldstein was an administrative law judge and litigator who now publishes her series of Carrie Martin books. It is presented to you for your consideration, evaluation and entertainment. It concerns the protagonist’s life as a young corporate lawyer who becomes involved in a crime in a Wahoo, Alabama Retirement Home. This is a second novel for author Goldstein, her first being Maze in Blue which was reviewed on these pages previously. The former novel received a 2012 Independent Book Publisher’s award and was reissued by Harlequin Worldwide Mysteries. 2013: Memoirs of A Writer: A Year of Travel, Interviews and Reflections on Life by Sheldon Burton Webster 2016 Page Publishing, Inc., New York, NY 230 pp Sheldon Webster is/was a certified public accountant in Birmingham who has written many books, both fiction and nonfiction, about his travels to such dangerous places as the Ukraine, Cambodia, West Africa, and other former Soviet Republics. He has traveled to 134 countries as an Army officer, CPA, mountaineer and writer. His roots are in Mississippi and his self-descriptive comments in his own words are, “Slightly right of center...” and he pontificates from time to time concerning the “Washington/military-industrial conspiracy and croney capitalism.” Sound familiar? Sometimes this reviewer wonders whether or not Sheldon, who has climbed Mt. Everest, goes on secret missions in an official capacity inasmuch as his writing material seems to involve dangerous places that you or I would never visit under the same or similar circumstances. Editor Robert R. Kracke 32 Birmingham Bar Association


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