Books: Giant Ditch Digger

DE LESSEPS OF SUEZ (334 pp.)—Charles Beatfy—Harper ($4.50).

A bronze, bigger-than-life statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps. builder of the Suez Canal, stood for 60 years in Port Said. Last December, as Egyptian demonstrators celebrated the withdrawal of the Franco-British invasion force, they expressed their hatred of all things European by blowing up the statue. The great builder would have been neither surprised nor resentful. Irrational violence, betrayal and humiliation dogged him all his long life without dampening his boundless optimism or shaking his firm belief in the essential goodness of man and the basic harmony of nations.

Ferdinand de Lesseps was the ideal...

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