Books: F. D. R.

ROOSEVELT — Emil Ludwig — Viking ($3).

From Cleopatra to Roosevelt, from a long-dead queen to a live President is probably the record biographical jump. But Emil Ludwig's two latest biographies offer similarities. They are Biographer Ludwig's two weakest books; their subjects, credited with almost equal charm, have aroused almost equal controversy about the use to which they put their charm.

As in his other biographies, Emil Ludwig takes factual material already at hand —in this case Ernest K. Lindley's The Roosevelt Revolution and Half Way with Roosevelt—draws his own "psychological" picture. No...

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