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Miami and the Siege of Chicago

Norman Mailer, read by Arthur Morey. Brilliance Audio, unabridged, 7 CDs, 9 hrs., $29.99 ISBN 978-1-5226-3703-5

Morey sounds too earnest and boyish to be the voice of Norman Mailer, but he has a masterly grasp of Mailer’s rhythms and long, staccato sentences stuffed with similes and metaphors. Thus the listener can easily grasp the meaning of Mailer’s provocative 1960s New Journalism. Morey manages to express the intensity of Mailer’s visions and views of “the journalist” (as Mailer calls himself in the book). It’s fun to think what Mailer would be writing about the 2016 election, and enlightening and entertaining to share his experience of the turmoil and violence that encompassed the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. A Random House paperback. (July)