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THE PUBLIC PAPERS AND ADDRESSES OF FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, VOLS. XXIII (2,411 pp.)—Edited by Samuel I. Rosenman—Harper ($40).

With these four gargantuan volumes, the job of collecting the public documents of Franklin Roosevelt is completed. Totaling 13 volumes (8,625 pp., 35½ lbs.) in all, The Public Papers make a monumental record of a nation in crisis and an indispensable source for future historians, even if not the sort of thing an ordinary reader will care to pick up on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

The Public Papers contain three main kinds of material: 1) official...

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