Books: World's Greatest Swindler

THE INCREDIBLE IVAR KREUGER (301 pp.) — Allen Churchill — Rinehart ($3.95).

March 12, 1932 was a raw, sunless day in Paris, and the city's restless tempo was slowed to a funereal rustle as Frenchmen filed into la Salle de l'Horlage at the Quai d'Orsay to stare at the bier of the illustrious pactmaker. Aristide Briand. All Paris seemed to be wrapped in a shroud of melancholy over the passing of the great democrat—all but a luncheon party of American. British and Swedish bankers who waited in edgy silence at the Hotel du Rhin...

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