Books: Master's Chronicle

A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING PEOPLES (Vol. IV): THE GREAT DEMOCRACIES (403 pp.)—Winston S. Churchill —Dodd, Mead ($6).

The past, it has been said, is the only thing man can change. Winston Churchill, the incredible ex-Hussar officer, has taken full reign over the terrible past. As he tells it, history becomes a matter not of blind forces but of men and the principles that animated them; schoolbook events take on the Shakespearean splendor of character and fate.

No one, certainly not a professional historian, would dare to box the compass of Churchill's subject matter. His great grasp of the essential fact made him,...

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