Books: Gifts Between Covers

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT, by Stefan Lorant (640 pp.; Doubleday; $15), will seem as essential to admirers of Teddy Roosevelt as Lorant's Lincoln is to worshipers of Honest Abe. The text is painstaking rather than incisive, but the 750 pictures have the cumulative effect of a cradle-to-grave biography that hardly requires words to give it significance.

THE SECOND WORLD WAR, by Winston S. Churchill and the Editors of LIFE (615 pp., 2 vols.; TIME Inc.; regular edition, $25; deluxe edition, $27.50), combines the best of Churchill's sonorous prose from his six-volume history of World War II with some...

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