am 23. Februar 1999
Ms. Gordon, born in Vienna and educated in Japan and the United States, found herself by an accident of history in Japan at age 22 with the American Occupation Forces immediately after World War II. General MacArthur directed her and others to draft a new constitution for Japan. Drawing on European constitutions that she found in the remaining libraries in war-torn Tokyo, she wrote for Japanese women an advanced equal rights clause that Japanese women have treasured ever since. The story of how the Japanese constitution was written is extremely interesting and well-written. Readers interested in Vienna and in European social activity of the early 20th Century will also find interesting descriptions of same. Mrs. Gordon's father was a famous Russian pianist who associated with many other famous pianists of his era, such as Artur Rubinstein.
am 20. Oktober 2006
This is the autobiography of Beate Sirota Gordon, the daughter of the famous pianist Leo Sirota. Having been brought up mainly in Austria and Japan, Beate was studying in America during the war and thanks to her excellent language skills was hired to monitor foreign radio broadcasts. At the end of the war she returned to Japan in search for her parents and worked for the US army where she also drafted part of the Japanese constitution.
While this is not literary outstanding material, it is nice reading if you are interested in Leo Sirota or in Japan, especially the early 20th century.