Books: Vaulting Ambition

THE BIG LITTLE MAN FROM BROOKLYN by St. Clair McKelway. 193 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $4.95.

He was born in a little red brick two-story house in Brooklyn on November 25, 1890, the eldest son of a moderately successful real estate broker. It was thought that he might become a diplomat, or a doctor or lawyer. But the boy had the ravenous ambition of a restless Renaissance man: he decided to become all three.

Impossible dream? Perhaps. But during his lifetime the man known as Stanley Clifford Weyman was feted as the U.S. Consul General to...

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