Books: To Be Continued

Latest installments of two monumental publishing projects, vastly different in subject matter and yet similar in their grandiose gusto for life, letters and history:

A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING PEOPLES, VOL. II, THE NEW WORLD, by Winston S. Churchill (433 pp.; Dodd, Mead; $6), rolls with Churchillian eloquence over those troubled years between the first great Tudors. including Bloody Mary (the last Roman Catholic Queen of England), and the bloodless Revolution of 1688 (which established Britain in a truce of class, power and tradition). Churchill presents, with the terse clarity of one of his own state papers, an England emerging from...

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