Books: Countless Blessings

ON BECOMING AMERICAN by Ted Morgan (Sanche de Gramont); Houghton Mifflin; 336 pages; $10.95

First the bad news: Sanche de Gramont is not a French count any more. Now the good news: he became an American citizen last year and, in the process, shed his title and the name his family has borne since "the morning hours of Western civilization." He is now Ted Morgan. Big changes: De Gramont, says Morgan, was the strict, rather European father, for instance, and something of a male chauvinist; Morgan, says Morgan, is a permissive American father of...

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