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THE GRAND ALLIANCE (903 pp.)—Winston S. Churchill-Houghton Mifflln ($6).

Historians of World War II may yet recognize their great debt to British Prime Minister Clement Attlee. By enforcing a measure of leisure on Winston Churchill, Mr. Attlee has probably hastened the progress of the finest single contribution so far to the history of the war. The Grand Alliance is the third and longest volume of Churchill's war memoirs and covers the year 1941. It seems to be more hurriedly written, as if against time, but it brings that critical year stirringly alive, conveys with enormous authority and engaging candor its crushing despair...

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