Books: The Man Without a Party

CRIPPS, ADVOCATE EXTRAORDINARY—Patricia Strauss—Duell, Sloane & Pearce ($3).

Last month gaunt, radical Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Commons Sir Richard Stafford Cripps K.C., P.C., stepped down from his high office, accepted Prime Minister Churchill's invitation to head the Ministry of Aircraft Production (TIME, Nov. 30). London's editorial columns buzzed with conjecture.

Cabled the New York Times's London office (Nov. 23): "Sir Stafford has been a disappointment to the Government as Leader of the House. For all his sincerity, he has shown himself lacking in parliamentary finesse and political acumen."...

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