Books: Was It Failure?

THE SON OF MAN—The Story of Jesus —Emil Ludwig—translated by Eden and Cedar Paul—Boni & Liveright ($3.00). Emil Ludwig of Napoleon and Bismarck fame now tries his hand at a more dangerously familiar story—that of Jesus, Son of Man. Unadorned with the glittering paradoxes of Kenan's Vie, free from the sensationalism of Barbusse and the sentimentalism of Papini, clear of the pathos of the recent cinema version, Ludwig's is a popular, but none the less scholarly, interpretation. His indefatigable passion for historical records and documentary scraps immerses him in contemporary Latin...