Books: Max the Giant Killer

THE DECLINE & FALL OF LLOYD GEORGE (320 pp.)—Lord Beaverbrook—Duell, Sloan & Pearce ($4.95).

There are few historians who can say: "I was there." One who can—and frequently does—is Max Beaverbrook, the Canadian-born press lord and sometime Cabinet Minister who has been passionately involved in the "Great Game" of British politics for half a century. In the third of his authoritative, astringent histories of the World War 1 era and its aftermath (the others: Politicians and the War, Men and Power), Lord Beaverbrook is himself a central figure in the narrative. Beaverbrook was a member of Lloyd George's wartime cabinet (as minister...

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