The following books are scheduled to be reviewed this week in the Style section of The Washington Post:
BEFORE THE COLORS FADE, by Harry Reasoner. The wry television correspondent writes of his years with CBS, where he grew up in television news, his stretch as Barbara Walters' co-anchor at ABC, and his return to CBS, where he is now with 60 Minutes. Reviewed by Don Shirley.
LUCIANO'S LUCK, by Jack Higgins. The author of The Eagle Has Landed and Solo in this thriller uses historical characters to play out a plot that is pure fiction. Lucky Luciano and Don Antonia Luca, crime bosses in America and Sicily, are recruited by Gen. Eisenhower during WWII to help prepare for the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily. Reviewed by Dan Moldea.
DEATH BEAM, by Robert Moss. Soviet generals plan to fire a beam from space that will cause technological destruction in the United States, but a secret fraternity of good-guy spies is on the case. Reviewed by Jonathan Yardley.
THE INDUSTRY: Life in the Fast Lane, by Saul David. Saul David worked in New York book publishing for a decade before he went to Hollywood in 1960. His career there has had its ups (he produced Von Ryans's Express, among other films) and downs ("I am something of an expert on getting fired"), all vividly recorded here. Reviewed by Victoria Venker.
FOR THE BIRDS, by John Cage, in conversation with Daniel Charles. John Cage, composer, musician, painter, here shares his thoughts on subjects ranging from mushrooms to Marcel Duchamp, from the prepared piano to politics. Reviewed by Joseph McLellan.