Books: The Middle Years

THE WORLD OF TIME INC., THE INTIMATE HISTORY OF A PUBLISHING ENTERPRISE 1941-1960

by ROBERT T. ELSON

505 pages. Atheneum. $10.

Three years before his death in 1967, Henry R. Luce, co-founder of Time Inc., commissioned a history of the company. He opened his private files and corporate files and instructed Historian Robert T. Elson "to be candid, truthful and to suppress nothing relevant." Elson, a veteran correspondent and editor for TIME, LIFE and FORTUNE, followed orders. In 1968 he produced the lively and candid Time Inc., The Intimate History of a Publishing Enterprise 1923-1941. Elson's second volume, The World of Time Inc.,...

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