Books: Inconspicuous Man

HANDBOOK FOR SPIES (273 pp.)—Alexander Foote—Doubleday. ($3).

Anyone looking at Alexander Foote a second time might remember him, but the chances are he wouldn't be looked at twice. A quiet chap of 44, about 5 ft. 9 in., with thinning, mouse-colored hair, he looks like the British civil servant he is; he works for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries now. But back in the '30s, he was a disgruntled salesman who had swallowed communism hook, line & sinker.

When the Spanish Civil War came, Foote went to Spain and fought with the 6th International Brigade. Perhaps it was his near-genius for inconspicuousness...

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