Books: From the Horse's Mouth

THE ORDEAL OF WOODROW WILSON (318 pp.)—Herbert Hoover—McGraw-Hill ($6).

Few U.S. Presidents spent much time writing about other U.S. Presidents. John Quincy Adams, a scholarly man, wrote about Madison and Monroe, and Woodrow Wilson, perhaps too scholarly for his own peace of mind, wrote about Washington before his own arrival at the White House. But taken altogether, presidential literary output about members of the club could be stowed between the covers of a single stout volume. One reason is that few Presidents have been up to it or have had the time for it. Another, possibly more important, is a guild sympathy—a...

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