Books: Collector's Items

GRAND RIGHT AND LEFT (217 pp.)—Louis Kronenberger—Viking ($3).

Gordon Gary, 48, had everything money could buy. And why not? He was the richest man in the world (worth $9 billion), and he had a passion for collecting.

He had begun, naturally, with Old Masters, but the supply was strictly limited. So he went ahead with Gutenberg Bibles, racehorses, Stradivariuses, snuffboxes, stained glass, milk glass, Waterford glass and Venetian glass. He owned four spas, half of Chicago, an inland sea and a buffer state. The trouble was that Gordon's collecting interests quickly flagged, and...

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