Books: Recent & Readable, Jun. 26, 1950

John Adams and the American Revolution, by Catherine Drinker Bowen. A brisk retossing of the salad days of the steady, commonsensical second President of the U.S., which turns up a personality much crisper than most historians have allowed him (TIME, June 19).

The Encounter, by Crawford Power. Crime & punishment in a rag-tag underworld teaches proud Father Cawder that "it's no part of a priest's business to pass on people like a judge"; an unsentimental first novel on a Graham Greene-ish theme (TIME, June 12).

The Yankee Exodus, by Stewart H. Holbrook. How & why...

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