Books: Corporal to Coup d'État

ROAD To EMPIRE — Fletcher Pratt —Doubleday, Doran $3.75).

Fletcher Pratt is a little man with a stub pipe stuck sideways under a wispy mustache. His mild eyes behind thick-lensed glasses, his bulging forehead, uncombed scalp lock and careless clothes sometimes make people take him for a clerk in a side-street seed store. Actually, he is the inventor of a naval war game which the Naval War College at Newport, R. I. rates more efficient than its own, and which Landlubber Pratt and enthusiasts play weekly on the floor of his big Manhattan studio....

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