Books: Decline in Detail

JEFFERSON IN POWER — Claude G. Bowers—Houghton Mifflin ($3.75).

Except for the administrations of Lincoln, the 2,922 days that Thomas Jefferson was President were probably the most turbulent in the history of the U. S. "It was a lusty period," says Claude Gernade Bowers, "by no means so sedate as is the popular impression—a period of marching mobs, of rebellions more brazen than that of Shays, of backstairs gossip and back room intrigues, of whispering campaigns and political assassinations." Last week Historian Bowers, whose current avocation is being U. S. Ambassador to...

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