Books: Recent & Readable, Mar. 20, 1950

John C. Calhoun: American Portrait, by Margaret Coit. A spirited biography of the great ante bellum South Carolinian who, as Congressman, Secretary of War and Vice President, was the outspoken champion of states' rights and the South's slave-owning aristocracy (TIME, March 6).

The Wall, by John Hersey. The tragic, agonized story of Jews resisting extermination in Warsaw's ghetto during the Nazi occupation; a sometimes moving, often tedious novel in diary form which never quite succeeds in recapturing the factual tang and immediacy of Hiroshima (TIME, March 6).

Paterson, Book III, by William Carlos Williams. The third volume of a jumpy but virile four-part...

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