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THE AGE OF ROOSEVELT—VOLUME II: THE COMING OF THE NEW DEAL (669 pp.) —Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.—Houghton Mlfflm ($6.75).

Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. was probably born ten years too late. When Franklin Roosevelt was inaugurated for his first term, Schlesinger was in prep school (Phillips Exeter Academy"), and today he writes of the New Deal with the nostalgia usually found in men who have narrowly missed a famous war. Schlesinger. now 41. sentimentally evokes memories that could not possibly be his own: "The interminable meetings, the litter of cigarette stubs, the hasty sandwich at...

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