Books: Legendary American

BARUCH: MY OWN STORY (337 pp.)—Bernard M. Baruch—Henry Holt ($5).

When Bernard Baruch was ten, his mother took him to a phrenologist, one of the highly regarded head candlers of that day (1880). After palpating the bulges over the boy's eyebrows, the phrenologist turned to Mamma Baruch and asked: "And what do you propose to do with this young man?" Baruch's mother replied: "I am thinking of making him a doctor." "He will make a good doctor," the phrenologist agreed, "but my advice to you is to take him where they are doing big things—finance...

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