Books: The Rewards of Doggedness

MEN AND DECISIONS (468 pp.)—Lewis L. Sfrauss—Doubleday ($6.95).

When last noticed by the public eye, Lewis L. Strauss was in a position of some embarrassment: the Senate refused to ratify President Eisenhower's nomination of him as Secretary of Commerce. Strauss's memoirs may now remind readers of his many real accomplishments before they were obscured by political rows.

Strauss's book mingles personal history with some memorable portraits of leading politicians and scientists. At 21 Strauss was already rubbing shoulders with them. The son of the vice president of a prosperous shoe company in Richmond, Strauss decided to seek his fortune in Washington in 1917...

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