Books: In Bad Humor

THINGS PAST by Malcolm Muggeridge Edited by Ian A. Hunter Morrow; 252pages; $9.95

Very early on, while others dismissed Hitler as an unimportant barbarian, Malcolm Muggeridge described the Nazi rise as a threat to civilization. He also fellow-traveled to the Soviet Union in 1932 and found Joseph Stalin a dangerous influence. Sounding alarms to the readership of the Guardian had little effect—except on the Muggeridge style. Soon he was deriding his own trade: "The only fun of journalism is that it puts you in contact with the eminent without being under the necessity to admire them or take them...

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