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DINNER AT THE WHITE HOUSE (276 pp.)—Louis Adamic—Harper ($2.50).

There was Winston Churchill, dumpy, "mostly stomach," a cigar stuck in his "large, round mug." There was Franklin D. Roosevelt, jaunty in a dinner jacket, "vivid and agile." And there was onetime Slovene immigrant Louis Adamic. earnest, slow-spoken author of The Native's Return and other books. Adamic was all eyes, all ears.

Not long before Pearl Harbor, Adamic had had a special idea. It led, shortly after Pearl Harbor, to a special invitation. Adamic accepted eagerly. The confirmation came by wire: MRS. ROOSEVELT DELIGHTED YOU...

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