Books: Fervent Sermon

A TIME FOR GREATNESS—Herbert Agar—Little, Brown ($2.50).

Herbert Agar is not afraid to deliver a sermon. A Time for Greatness is a 300-page editorial on democracy that has the fervor and some of the moral reach of the Old Testament prophets. Two quotations set the framework of Agar's thinking:

> Lincoln's: "The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history."

> Goethe's: "That which the fathers have bequeathed to thee, earn it anew if thou wouldst possess it."

Young Man's Return. In the '30s, Herbert Sebastian Agar, poet, playwright, columnist and editor, returned...

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