A Check List Of New Books

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edited by Wallace Brockway. Simon & Schuster. $3.50.

A collection of stories about the moments of crisis in a number of great men’s lives, told by notable authors. Louis Kronenberger tells how Gibbon was inspired to write The Decline and Fall ; Irwin Edman how Socrates chose to become a martyr to freedom of thought; Claude Bowers about Jefferson’s part in the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions; C. S. Forester how Napoleon invited trouble, indeed disaster, by ignoring such military inventors as Fulton and a certain Lieutenant Henry Shrapnel. There are sixteen pieces in all.

Struggle for the Border

by Bruce Hutchinson. Longmans, Green & Co. $6.

An important and interesting survey of the conflicts, many of them little understood, which took place over the centuries on the Canadian-American border before it acquired its present peaceful reputation.

Defeat at Sea:

The Struggle and Eventual Destruction of the German Navy, 1939–45 , by C. D. Bekker. Henry Holt & Co. $3.95.

Written by a former German naval officer taken prisoner by the British in 1944, this book recounts in a series of vignettes most of the well-known incidents of World War II’s naval battles, both on the surface and below it.

The Age of Reform:

From Bryan to F.D.R. , by Richard Hofstadter. Alfred A. Knopf. $4.50.

A most readable and valuable study of Populism, Progressivism and the New Deal, and of the evolution of reformist ideas, covering the period from 1890 to 1940.

The Socialist Party of America

by David A. Shannon. The Macmillan Co. $4.50.

A comprehensive history of a once forceful American political party and the reasons for its decline.

Thaddeus Stevens

by Ralph Korngold. Harcourt, Brace & Co. $6.

A detailed biography of one of Lincoln’s most interesting contemporaries and the story of his significant political role both during and after the Civil War.

A History of the Monroe Doctrine

by Dexter Perkins. Little, Brown & Co. $5.

In this new edition of Hands Off (1941), Dr. Perkins has rewritten the section dealing with the period since 1938, and has also examined the status of the doctrine today.

The Selected Letters of Henry James

edited by Leon Edel. Farrar, Straus & Cudahy. $4.

A selection of 128 letters (half of which have never been published) made from the thousands written by James to his family and friends. Divided into eight groups, it serves chiefly as a guide to the types of James’s letters.

John Singer Sargent

by Charles Merrill Mount. W. W. Norton & Co. $7.50.

A perceptive biography of the expatriate American painter, illustrated with reproductions of his works.

Sea Fights and Shipwrecks:

True Tales of the Seven Seas , by Hanson W. Baldwin. Hanover House. $3.95.

From the hundreds of sea adventures of the last 150 years of sail and steam, the author has selected eighteen dramatic stories of disaster, heroism or cowardice. They include such classics as the Birkenhead , the Mary Celeste , the Lusitania and the Graf Spee , and come down to events as recent as Okinawa.

The American Cowboy:

The Myth and the Reality , by Joe B. Frantz and Julian Ernest Choate, Jr. University of Oklahoma Press. $3.75.

An analysis of the many roles of the cowboy in frontier history and as he has appeared in our literature.


A Full-length Portrait , by Edward Wagenknecht. Longmans, Green & Co. $6.

A portrayal of Longfellow in a realistic perspective, using new manuscript material to include neglected aspects of the poet’s life and work.

Woodrow Wilson and the Balance of Power

by Edward H. Buehrig. Indiana University Press. $5.

An examination of the beginnings of “Collective Security” and a discussion of ideological factors in the wartime policies of the President.

A Little Rebellion

by Marion L. Starkey. Alfred A. Knopf.$4.

An excellent account of Shays’ Rebellion, that angry uprising of the Yankee farmers of Massachusetts against the financial power of the Boston aristocrats, shortly after the Revolution.

Taming the Forty-Niner

by Elisabeth Margo. Rinehart & Co. $3.75.

A re-creation in a rococo mood of the first wild bachelor days during the gold rush in California, and of how things calmed down after the first ladies (but not the first women) arrived.

Black Hawk:

An Autobiography , edited by Donald Jackson. University of Illinois Press. §3.75.