Books: Demise of the Moderates

THE KINGS DEPART by Richard M. Watt. 604 pages. Simon & Schuster. $10.

At Versailles in 1919, the victorious Allied leaders assembled to make the world "safe for democracy." They succeeded only in making it safer for tyranny. The tragic peacemaking efforts of Georges Clemenceau, Lloyd George and Woodrow Wilson are an oft-told story. Yet their means and ends have rarely been presented in so finely detailed and lucid a book as this. The work is all the more remarkable because it was written by a 38-year-old part-time historian who doubles as an executive...

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