Books: Child or Fool?

THE KAISER (461 pp.)—Joachim von Kürenberg—Simon & Schuster ($5).

The man who shapes up in The Kaiser of Prussian-born Biographer Joachim von Kürenberg is a vastly different fellow from the monster who was hanged in effigy throughout the U.S. in World War I. It is not simply that the author remembers Wilhelm II's good points; it is the fact that he had so many weak ones. Kürenberg's book makes the going a bit sticky for people whose knowledge of modern European history is shaky, but it will bring many a surprise to readers who vaguely remember Wilhelm as the Iron Hohenzollern who...

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