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The constant Brooks-ian undertone of Borscht Belt humor was a wonderful backdrop to the self-importantly Goyishe world of big-time espionage.
Although the book quickly became a best seller, critic Irving Howe kibitzed Rosten in The New York Times Book Review for uprooting Yiddishisms from their larger cultural context and for shlepping out Borscht Belt humor that was already old in his grandparents' day.