Books: Bar Sinister

GENERAL CRACK—George Preed—Dodd, Mead ($2.50).

Leopold of Austria was puny of intellect, body, honor. His petty vindictiveness he turned on the one man who was indispensable to his political position—Christian of Kurland, mercenary soldier, master of the art of war, gentleman of fabulous wealth and sophisticated Versailles breeding. Christian's estate glittered with exotic tropic birds and costly tapestries; his person with jewels, velvet, and fine lace fichus. His soldiers adored him, all Europe feared him. Yet Christian was branded with the bar sinister; the only title he could really claim was, affectionate or...