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AMERICAN NABOB—Holmes Alexander —Harper ($2.50).

At 24, two years out of Princeton, Holmes Moss Alexander was elected to the Maryland Legislature. There he found no cause to doubt "the basic assumption of professional lobbying, that every man has his price or his weakness," soon committed political suicide by saying: "The way we made swag of the taxpayers' money was little short of piracy." His brief experience as a legislator stood him in good stead when he came to write his second novel, American Nabob.

Author Alexander, better known for biography (Aaron Burr, Martin Van...

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