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Times of My Life: A Memoir

Ashabranner, Brent

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ISBN 10: 0525650474 / ISBN 13: 9780525650478
Published by Cobblehill, New York, New York, (1990), 1990
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Times of My Life: A Memoir

Publisher: Cobblehill, New York, New York, (1990)

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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The acclaimed author reminisces about the events of his life, from the time of the Depression to the Vietnam War, set against a backdrop of historical events including World War II, the Peace Corps, and the civil rights movement

From Publishers Weekly:

This autobiography by a YA author ( Always to Remember ) sadly belies Ashabranner's emphasis on his writing career. "I have lived through most of the special moments of the twentieth century," he claims, meaning the Depression (his father had to sell his pharmacy, but the family did not suffer much), WW II (he served in the Navy, but missed being "tested in battle"), the founding of the Peace Corps (he started one of its first programs in Africa and was later the Corps' deputy director). Nevertheless, he doesn't give the reader any reason to pay special attention to his story--he lacks a novelist's sense of narrative. Inane details clutter promising material, such as his youthful intimations of the racism in his Oklahoma home town or his anecdotes about Peace Corps volunteers in India. His patriotism is gooey--either he is condescending to his readers here, or a career in government service has dulled his critical faculties. How else to explain his failure to discuss the well-known connections of the Peace Corps and the CIA, or his burying of his criticism of the Vietnam war in his exposition of the "official" point of view? Photos. Ages 10-up.
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