Books: Poverty to Power

CARDINAL OF SPAIN — Simon Harcourt-Smith— Knopf ($3.50).

In the spring of 1718 Britain's dis affected Catholic clergy gazed out to sea ready to burst into a loud Te Deum.

Cause: the second Spanish Armada, which was carrying 5,000 Spanish troops to lead a west-of-England rising against Protestant George I. The fleet had been sent by Spain's wily Premier, Cardinal Alberoni.

But, like the first Spanish Armada, the second was scattered by a storm. "Human schemes, unaided by Providence, are of little or no use," reflected the Cardinal.

"Of the plans I devised . ....

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