cover image Walter Winchell

Walter Winchell

Michael Herr. Vintage Books USA, $9 (157pp) ISBN 978-0-679-73393-5

This biographical fiction portrays American journalist and ideologue Winchell with a style derived from his distinctive tone and bravado. ``The pacing is choppy and impatient, as if deliberation were an indulgence,'' said PW. Winchell's rise to fame is described ``with an unctuous regard for those with power and a mixture of schmaltz and repulsion toward the disenfranchised.'' (Aug.)