Books: White Man's Burden

UHURU (555 pp.)—Robert Ruark—McGraw-Hill ($5.95).

If the late great Ernest Hemingway was a man of achievement in search of a public character to match, Robert Ruark is a public character still in search of the achievement that can justify it. After his initial success as a Scripps-Howard columnist, Ruark moved to Spain, found himself a handsome villa on the Costa Brava, bought a high-power rifle suitable for shooting big game, and discovered Africa. With the discovery, he declared himself a novelist. It was a mistake.

His latest novel, like the earlier Something of Value, completely muddies the complex events taking place in...

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