Books: Ironical Chronicle

JUST AROUND THE CORNER: A HIGHLY SELECTIVE HISTORY OF THE THIRTIES by Robert Bendiner. 268 pages. Harper & Row. $6.95.

The central character is Frankenstein Roosevelt, a power-mad, aristocratic cripple whose props are a wheelchair, a cigarette holder and a pile of postage stamps. Among the characters are his five children, members of a dynasty who will some day run the country (or so everybody assumes), and an adviser named Popkins, who is usually dressed in a bathrobe and is really a Russian in disguise. The plot revolves around Frankenstein's attempts to sell the...

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