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NUMBER ONE—John Dos Passes—Houghton Mifflin ($2.50).

John Dos Passes' first novel since Adventures of a Young Man (TIME, June 5, 1939) is a sad, harsh, funny companion piece to that disenchanted odyssey of a left-wing idealist. The hero of the former novel was young Glenn Spotswood, whose altruistic hopes wound up in death at the hands of Spanish Fascists. Hero of Number One is Glenn's tougher elder brother Tyler, private secretary, ghost writer and political handyman to Chuck Crawford, who calls himself Number One and is the most noisome, best-drawn demagogue in U.S....

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