Books: The Sage of Kansas

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM ALLEN WHITE—Macmillan ($3.75).

The issues and effort of the Civil War produced the moral writings of Emerson and Thoreau, Walt Whitman's best poetry, Abraham Lincoln's speeches, and Mark Twain's best book (Huckleberry Finn). They also proved that history's greatest democracy was not going the way of democratic Athens, for the war's dead were scarcely settled in their graves when the Robber Barons took over their country. They were able to do so because practically every American intensely admired them, and hoped to be a Robber Baron himself. The result of...

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