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I did not realize that the story would be this interesting -- I thought it would be about the life of Bess Myerson and the Pageant.and, yes, it was, but it also provided a backdrop of information that was not familiar to me. I did not know (or forgot) that Miss Myerson was the first and only Jewish Miss America. Because of the attitude and sentiments, in post-war America, towards Jews, women, and the fact that there was an anti-Semitic riddled Miss America pageant, there were many setbacks experienced for naive Beth Myerson’s 'promising future” Her reign took place in 1945; I was born in 1946, but Bess Myerson was a household name for years (thus, my reason for reading the book) and I never thought as to WHY that was. I think the book is a worthwhile listen for everyone -- it is enlightening reminder of what America was like, on many levels, during that time.
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