Books: The Good Fight

DEATH BE NOT PROUD (261 pp.]—John Gunther—Harper ($2.50).

On a June day in 1947, Manhattan Physician Cornelius Traeger suddenly took leave of his host, Sinclair Lewis, to visit a patient: "I have a feeling that Johnny Gunther will die this weekend." Johnny did die, of a brain tumor that more than a dozen doctors had fought unsuccessfully for 15 months. Johnny was only 17, a tall, good-looking, skinny kid who had graduated from Deerfield Academy and planned to enter Harvard that fall.

In Death Be Not Proud, his father, Journalist John Gunther, has written both a memoir of Johnny and the story...

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