Books: The Complete Lyrics Of Irving Berlin

Edited by Robert Kimball and Linda Emmet

Has any other pop songwriter had a No. 1 hit 83 years after it was written? God Bless America, today sung everywhere by cowboys and members of Congress, is prime Berlin: emotionally direct, sinfully singable. The all-American immigrant, who died in 1989 at 101, wrote a million of 'em--well, 1,200, all collected in this handsome volume, indispensable for anyone who can't stop humming White Christmas, Puttin' on the Ritz, Always or the ineffable Cheek to Cheek. "Heaven, I'm in heaven..."

--By Richard Corliss

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