The Crazy Life of a Kid from Brooklyn
Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (05/14)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘The Crazy Life of a Kid from Brooklyn’ by Bill Morgenstein on Blogcritics.
“The Crazy Life of a Kid from Brooklyn” by Bill Morgenstein was an exciting autobiography to read, from his days as an ROTC cadet, to his climb through the military ranks, his energetic and skillful civilian life, jobs, career choices, home life and family.
The extensive travels of the author and his many life experiences were told in an energetic and very descriptive uniformity. The author told of traveling thru many foreign countries, visiting lots of famous places and people and enjoying gourmet dining, Bill truly lived life to the fullest. The humorous aspects of the book were a nice break and well placed within the autobiography. It seems like Mr. Morgenstein knew just where to inject humor into his book. Just about the time the narrative becomes a bit slow, he mentions an incident that makes you chuckle. One such example was when he described working for Thom McAn shoe stores and they opened a new store. He made a bet with his boss and in order to win it, told his salesmen to just sell people any shoes that day, just to make sales and move on because the store was flooded with customers. He knew that store policy was to exchange the item even without a receipt. He won the bet.
“The Crazy Life of a Kid from Brooklyn” by Bill Morgenstein is well written and I would consider it mostly a general audience book with some adult language, preferably for late teens and older. Bill takes the reader into his life. He brings the reader up close and personal into the life of a good Jewish boy who had been through boot camp, the Korean War, life after the war and family life. He covers all aspects of his unusual life and keeps the reader glued to the pages from beginning to end. On one hand there is victory and on the other he tells of his defeat, but for the most part, he is a kid from Brooklyn that made it and is an inspiration to all young people. Mr. Morgenstein is a self-made man, he didn’t step into wealth, he didn’t have it handed to him and he surely was not born into it. The book is a masterpiece of literary work and I gave it a very fine A on my tight scale.