Books: Ruddy Old Gent

THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD: THE LIFE OF SIR HENRI DETERDING—Glyn Roberts—Covici-Friede ($3).

Hendrik August Wilhelm Deterding, third son of a Dutch sailor, went into an Amsterdam bank at the age of 16 and fell in love with figures, quit after six years because banking was too slow a way up in the world. He went to the East Indies, worked for the Netherlands Trading Society in Deli, Medan and Penang, learned how to make money for the Society, and quit to make money for himself. His next job was with a man...

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