Melvin Berger H. C. Wohlers - Essay

H. C. Wohlers

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

The New Air Book provides an excellent description of one of man's natural resources. The author takes a detailed look at the technical aspects of air, describing what it is physically and chemically in an easy-to-understand text. In addition, Berger discusses the importance of air, weather, flying and air pollution, and what the public can do to learn more about the problems of air quality…. A number of pedantic scientific questions could be raised concerning the complete correctness of some explanations used in the book. In an attempt to simplify complex problems, Berger has sometimes oversimplified. One hopes that the book will provide the reader with an incentive to delve further into the science of air to obtain more fundamental knowledge. (p. 34)

H. C. Wohlers, in Science Books & Films (copyright 1975 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science), Vol. XI, No. 1 (May, 1975).

As in his Flute and Violin books Berger gives beginning musicians a modest boost [in The Clarinet & Saxophone Book] by introducing the history, manufacture and repertoire of their chosen instrument. His look at how reeds are made and evaluated and a rundown of the various members of the clarinet and saxophone families will be most useful here. There are several pages of discography, listing jazz as well as classical performances, but the omission of Charlie Parker from a chapter on famous players is a good indication of Berger's lack of interest in jazz. (p. 1231)

Kirkus Reviews (copyright © 1975 The Kirkus Service, Inc.), November 1, 1975.