Books: A Saint in Politics

CORDELL HULL by Juilus W. Pratt. 2 volumes, 840 pages. Cooper Square. $15.

When President Roosevelt was about to appoint Cordell Hull Secretary of State, five Democratic Senators complained that Hull was too idealistic for the job. The objection was unusual, and F.D.R. laughed it off; but this first biography of Hull shows that the Senators had a point.

A diplomatic historian for 40 years, Julius Pratt has taken a close look at the Hull record. He plowed through the Hull papers in the Library of Congress, the unpublished papers of some of Hull's State Department...

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