Books: Hero & Hero Worship

I WAS WINSTON CHURCHILL'S PRIVATE SECRETARY—Phyllis Moir—Wilfred Funk ($2).

BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS—Winston S. Churchill—Putnam ($3).

Phyllis Moir (pronounced Moyer) was a Churchill admirer long before Dunkirk. In her gawky girlhood he had been a "Walter Scott hero come to life." Later he became the "Peter Pan of British Politics." And finally, "the impact of his personality was so shattering that I felt, when I left his service, that this had been the private secretaryship to end all private secretaryships." Net result: I Was Winston Churchill's Private Secretary is a short, thin, intimate sketch infused with adolescent adoration.

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