This little book, published in 1957, looked interesting, and so it was.
The first contribution was by Albert Einstein (H. A. Lorentz, his creative
genius and his personality), and and other reminiscences were by Paul Ehrenfest
(Funeral Oration), H. B. G. Casimir (The Influence of Lorentz' Ideas on
Modern Physics), and J. Th. Thijsse (Enclosure of the Zuiderzee). Many
of us have heard of the "Lorentz Contraction", so named after him, but
I was surprise to learn that "...the locks in the enclosing dike of the
Zuiderzee were named after him, to show the nation's gratitude for the
important part which Lorentz had played in making the construction of this
dike possible by his calculations by which its height was determined".
"Recommended to anyone who has the remotest interest in what a reporter's life is like or what journalism is about...candid, casual, and well-bred reminiscence" -- Newsday
"Irresistably readable" -- The New Republic
After reading The Right Place at the Right Time I wanted more, and I found it here.
"Written with perception, candor, and humor, this memoir revolves around the premise that poetry is a fact of life, as the news of the world is." -- Eudora Welty
"I have read Wordstruck with something more than pleasure....I
felt as I read that I was meeting, so long after childhood, the friend
for whom I longed when I was a boy, and who was nowhere to be found." --
"Discovered by the author's daughter, The Orchard is the extraordinarily poignant and moving memoir of a young woman's single-handed struggle to save her New England farm during the Great Depression."
Learn how important an unexpected kindness can be.
A lovely book about a good life. Thanks, Brady.
"Now that the memoirs have been published, not one episode of the composer's career can be viewed in the same light as before, not one work of music heard in the same way." -- Patricia Blake, Time
"No single account portrays so nakedly, so brutally, the crushing hand of Stalin on Russia's cultural and creative life as that of Shostakovich in Testimony. This is a gripping, even terrifying attempt by one of the world's great composers to lay bare the torment of his times." -- Harrison Salisbury
"Testimony is a book of immense power, full of bitterness and heroism, and I do not know of a musician who will not read it wth compassion and admiration, These memoirs have afforded me an insight into Shostakovich's thought which would otherwise have been quite impossible. -- Andre Previn