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Another 'odyssey' worth the read

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The Sept. 22 PBS Newshour's Bookshelf segment, "Great books to fall for now that summer's over," featured Jeffrey Brown and his guest authors Pamela Paul and Louise Penny, who shared fall book recommendations. As a former English teacher, I watch these Bookshelf segments with considerable interest

Penny's "I read everything" comment, her fascination with odysseys, and her recommendation of Daniel Mendelsohn's book, "An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic," really caught my attention--leading me to think that she and others might also view local author Frank Splitt's book in a similar fashion.

The book, "An Odyssey of Reform Initiatives, 1986-2015: From Engineering, K-12, and Higher Education to the Environment, National Information Infrastructure, and Collegiate Athletics," is certainly not destined to be a best seller since it is not for sale. Rather than being sold, it has been gifted to and has been accepted by 45 U.S. colleges and universities for their library collections. A copy of the book and CD can also be found at the Mount Prospect Public Library.

It is my view that Splitt's book is another odyssey worth the read as it provides deep insights into the issues surrounding each of the topics listed in the book's title. Researchers and citizens concerned about the future of education, the environment, the beginning of the internet, and the impact of sports in America can find information on the book as well as a means of downloading its contents, at

Margaret Mangan

Mount Prospect

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