The film “Free Willy” captured the imagination of viewers in 1993 with a story detailing a young boy’s desire to free a killer whale named “Willy” from captivity in an amusement park. At the end of the film, Willy swims off to freedom. But the inspirational film bears little resemblance to reality, according to Mark Simmons, author of “Killing Keiko: The True Story of Free Willy’s Return to the Wild.”
Tom Reed was trained as an engineer and has an engineer’s orderly mind. Where politics is concerned, it led him to concentrate on organization. In turn, this led to an important role in Ronald Reagan’s first electoral victory, the governorship of California in 1966.
The Congress of Vienna, begun in September 1814 and concluded in June 1815, was unique, an unprecedented Pan-European conference that laid the foundations for the post-Napoleonic age. It was also the first superpower summit.
The Nazi invasion of England — code-named “Operation Sea Lion” — so widely anticipated in the wake of the precipitate fall of France in June 1940 is one of the great non-happenings of history. This absorbing, detailed book by British journalist and historian Leo McKinstry shows that it might indeed have happened and explains the various reasons why it did not.
“The Bone Orchard” is the fifth in a series of Paul Doiron’s books featuring Maine game warden Mike Bowditch.
For any writer, having his oeuvre collected in volumes by Library of America is in itself an accolade, a sign of his place in the literature of his nation. Saul Bellow (1915-2005) was not short on acknowledgments of his stature as a writer, winning just about every literary prize going, including the Nobel in 1976.
A folk song inspired by Philip Klein’s latest book might be called “Shall We Overturn?” Just imagine a Bizarro Pete Seeger croaking out, “Shall we overtuuurn? Shall we overtuuuurn? Shall we overturn Obamacare some day?”