Books: Rambling Reporter

PERSONAL HISTORY—Vincent Sheean— Doubleday, Doran ($3).

Vincent Sheean became a reporter to satisfy a perennial upbubbling curiosity. He ceased to be a reporter because he began thinking about the meaning of events, commenced to take sides, to make what the philosophers call value-judgments. Personal History is the warm, semi-rueful story of how this sea-change came about as Sheean wandered from Chicago to New York, to Paris, to Persia, to China, to the Holy Land, to dinner parties in London and around the lecture circuit in the U. S.

Sheean was a good...

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