Books: Roosevelt Revision

When on the eve of its public sale Macmillan Co. last month abruptly recalled from all book dealers Roosevelt, The Story of a, Friendship, by Owen Wister, (TIME, June 23) book reviewers were puzzled, historians baffled, as to what was the matter with the book. The publishers spoke vaguely of "certain corrections'' it was "necessary" to make but declined to explain what grave thing was forcing them to expend perhaps $100,000 on repaging, replating, reprinting, rebinding. Author Wister was in Europe. His family referred to "anonymous protests."

One conclusion was that the...

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