Books: Extra! Extra!

A practically irresistible new U.S. history was published this week. It was in tabloid newspaper style and format — as if the history were happening while it was read (see cut).

News of the Nation by Sylvan Hoffman and C. Hartley Grattan (Garden City; $3.49) might turn out to be a revolution in text-teaching. It is almost certain to be a huge favorite of parlor readers and guessing-gamesters. It consists of 41 four-page tabloid editions which bring vivid immediacy to events from Columbus' discovery through Pearl Harbor.

Thus, the hanging of Captain Kidd...