Books: RECENT & READABLE, Dec. 31, 1951

Barabbas, by Pär Lagerkvist. The story of a reprieved cutthroat who was haunted to the end by the memory of Golgotha (TIME, Dec. 3).

Closing the Ring. Volume V of Winston Churchill's incomparable history of World War II (TIME, Nov. 26).

Gods, Graves & Scholars, by C. W. Ceram. The big men and big moments of archeology; proof that digging can be dramatic (TIME, Nov. 12).

The Selected Letters of Henry Adams, edited by Newton Arvin. Memorable commentary, mostly disenchanted, on two generations of U.S. life, by a brilliant and introspective man who grew up thinking that the presidency was a family trade...

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