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"After reading the first few lines of Those Radio Days by A.S. Merwin, I knew I was hooked. I settled into my chair and became immersed in the life of a four-year old boy named Herbie Miller living in the late 40's Middle America. What gripped me immediately was how the book was written. Minimal dialogue between the characters, but a free flowing narrative style from Herbie sometimes humorously using baseball terms letting readers know what he thought of different situations such as "Runner steals second and beats the throw, safe!" and "Curve ball--strike one." Never slowing down, the story follows young Herbie through the ups and downs of being a kid in post war society. The theme of the book quickly became clear when Herbie discovered radio; TV had not yet made its mark. Radio becomes the focus of his life even as the story goes into his teens. He is tested in the innocence of youth at that time through bad choices, peer pressure and moving from school to school. Merwin shows a fantastic snapshot of what it was like growing up in the 50s and 60s; it was the golden years, or as the book looks deeper.was it really? I must admit I was rather shocked at how Merwin unfolded the first chapter, but after I read further, old memories of my own youth started to creep into my head. I had to admit that the life of a four year old is much more complex than we adults understand. This reflection of my own childhood kept pace with Herbie's story as he matured into his teens. I sympathized with Herbie and understood his choices made as kid, even though some were not rational. Merwin is a natural storyteller and I would highly recommend Those Radio Days. It is a reflection of growing up in a rapidly changing era and reading it made me laugh reminding me of my own youthful mistakes." - TBR TopBookReviewers