Books: H. R. L

LUCE: HIS TIME, LIFE, AND FORTUNE by John Kobler. 296 pages. Doubleday. $4.95.

Published a year after Henry R. Luce's death, this volume is billed as his first biography. So it is, though scarcely a full-length treatment. An expansion of a 1965 article for the Saturday Evening Post, about half the book offers a biographical sketch of Luce, while the rest describes the rise and condition of the publications he founded. Author Kobler interviewed Luce and members of his family, talked to many of his associates, and had partial access to Time Inc. archives. Even so, students of the press are likely...

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