A Check List Of New Books


Told in the words of a tragic figure in American history—a Sauk warrior who lived under four flags while the Mississippi Valley was being wrested from his people—this book first appeared in 1833.

The Secret Raiders

by David Woodward. W. W. Norton & Co. $3.75.

Another book from the former enemy side describes the little-known, but dramatic and all-too-effective exploits of German merchant raiders in the last war.

Benjamin Henry Latrobe

by Talbot Hamlin. Oxford University Press. $15.

A handsomely presented and illustrated biography of the internationally educated architect who became the good friend of Jefferson and designed and built the Capitol.

A Southern Reader

by Willard Thorp. Alfred A. Knopf. $7.50.

A fascinating anthology, drawn from letters, diaries, stories, anecdotes and other sources (Southern, Yankee and foreign) dealing with almost every aspect of life in Dixie. Politics, religion, chivalry, architecture, race relations, cooking—all are represented.

New Found World

by Harold Lamb. Doubleday & Co. $5.75.

A narrative of how North America was discovered and explored, which makes the fifth volume of “The Mainstream of America Series.”

The Last Wilderness

by Murray Morgan. The Viking Press. $3.95.

The story of the Olympic Peninsula, America’s last wilderness, and of the sturdy men and women who settled there.

The Fabulous Phonograph:

From Tin Foil to High Fidelity ,, by Roland Gelatt. J. B. Lippincott Co. $4.95.

An overdue history of an invention that has entertained so many for so long; and of the inventors, the entrepreneurs, and the musicians who played a part in its development.

Tinkers and Genius:

The Story of the Yankee Inventors , by Edmund Fuller. Hastings House. $4.50.

The story of that productive era in the Nineteenth Century when Yankee inventiveness was at its peak, spawning the tools, the machines and mass-production techniques that changed the face of America.

A Treasury of Mississippi River Folklore

edited by B. A. Botkin. Crown Publishers. $5.

Stories, ballads and traditions of the mid-American river country.

The Nez Percés:

Tribesmen of the Columbia Plateau , by Francis Haines. University of Oklahoma Press. $5.

The story of a remarkable Indian tribe; how its life was revolutionized by the horse; how the tribesmen met Lewis and Clark (and Christianity); how they fought the Nez Percé War of 1877 and nearly triumphed over U. S. troops, and produced Chief Joseph, the famous “Red Napoleon.” (Vol. 42 of Oklahoma’s “Civilization of the American Indian Series.”)

The Scene Before You:

A New Approach to American Culture , edited by Chandler Brossard. Rinehart & Company, Inc. $3.50.

Twenty-four essays on important aspects of American culture and their background—among them sex and science; movies; comics; Greenwich Village; painting and politics. Contributors include Lionel Trilling, Robert Warshow, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

The American Revolution, 1763–1783:

Political and Military Aspects , by Eric Robson. Oxford University Press. $2.90.

This little book, published quietly in America some months ago, packs more useful cerebration into its 238 wellwritten pages than many studies and retellings of the same subject attain in several volumes. It glows with reasoned insights into the confusion of British policy, into the effects of the French defeat in 1763, into the low morale of British soldiery, and into the importance of the meanest form of mercantilism in bringing about the separation of two kindred peoples. The author, a lecturer at the University of Manchester, died last year at an untimely 36.