Books: Unprogressive Pilgrim

IN MY TIME by Robert Strausz-Hupé. 284 pages. Norton. $5.

Good autobiographers should have happy childhoods, when the nightingales were singing in the orchards of their mothers. Robert Strausz-Hupé is such a one. His childhood was a hazy idyl of life in old Vienna, of goose-liver breakfasts on the paternal estate in Hungary. This Eden soon closed its gates, but at 62 he still has a vivid memory of what life was like on the sunny side of the great watershed of World War I.

Strausz-Hupé is now director of the University of Pennsylvania's Foreign Policy Research Institute. More scholar than ideologue, he...

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