Books: October Reading

With less than two weeks left to bone up for the election, U.S. citizens were not exactly rushing to buy books about the candidates. Stanley Walker's new campaign biography, Dewey; an American of This Century (Whittlesey House; $2.50), was no more a best seller than the year's two Roosevelt books: Compton Mackenzie's Mr. Roosevelt, Noel F. Busch's What Manner of Man?

Problems, not personalities, were on the reading public's mind. On most nonfiction best-seller lists were Sumner Welles's The Time for Decision, Charles & Mary Beard's A Basic History of the United States, Edgar Snow's People on Our Side, Walter Lippmann's U.S....

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