Books: Recent & Readable, Dec. 25, 1950

The Blue and the Gray, edited by Henry Steele Commager. Two memorable volumes of letters, memoirs and journalism by Americans who fought and lived the Civil War; a participants' account by men & women who knew what they were fighting for (TIME, Dec. 11).

The Hinge of Fate, by Winston S. Churchill. Volume IV of Churchill's World War II memoirs; Singapore to Tunisia in another incomparable Churchillian account (TIME, Dec. 4).

Classics and Commercials, by Edmund Wilson. Selected pieces by the contemporary dean of U.S. highbrow literary critics (TIME, Nov. 20).

The Disenchanted, by Budd Schulberg. The last chapters in the decline & fall...

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