John T. Winterich

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Writing on his own [in "I'm a Lucky Guy"], Mr. Gilbreth is rather more restrained and less exuberant than the collaboration….

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Mr. Gilbreth's solo flight opens with his departure for the University of Michigan, and though he is at pains to explain that his narrative "is not primarily a chronicle of my college days," some 38 per cent of his text is just that….

His Navy experiences cover only fifty-odd pages, but they are the best part of the story….

In the course of these eighteen years the author woos and wins a wife, and some of the attendant confusion suggests the hilarity of "Cheaper by the Dozen." But in the main the narrative is straightforward self-history, most of it agreeably matter-of-fact, and none of it tremendously exciting.

What heartiness and zest emerge is largely in the salt-water experiences. Mr. Gilbreth obviously had a good time in the Navy, or at least he has a good time remembering it, and he lets the reader share his enjoyment. He should have had more to say about it.

John T. Winterich, "Schooldays & After," in The Saturday Review of Literature (copyright © 1951 by Saturday Review; all rights reserved; reprinted by permission), Vol. XXXIV, No. 38, September 22, 1951, p. 49.

[Jumping Jupiter] is a glimpse of the merchandising world broad in its humor, but sharp in its revelations of store politics, jealousies and double-crossing. Having been through the mill, the author has no illusions—and leaves her readers with scarcely any.

"Career Girl," in New York Herald Tribune Book Review (© I.H.T. Corporation; reprinted by permission), Vol. 28, No. 24, January 27, 1952, p. 17.

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