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Scribner’s, 1948), in which he tells again of his role in Commu-
nistic affairs.
The house of Nasi: the duke of Naxos
, by Cecil Roth (Phila-
delphia, Jewish Publication Society, 1948), presents the life
of a prominent sixteenth century Jewish leader in Turkey, ana-
lyzing both his good qualities and the bad ones that eventually
led to personal failure with unfortunate consequences for his
people.
Though written for children, grown-ups too will profit from
reading
Theodor Herzl
, a biography by Deborah Pessin, illustrated
by Laszlo Matulay (N.Y., Behrman, 1948). In it, the founder
of modern political Zionism is revealed as a living and fasci-
nating character. Another book, likewise written for children,
but useful to grown-ups is the well-written, appealing and de-
lightfully informative biography of
Albert Einstein
, by Elma
Ehrlich Levinger (N.Y., Messner, 1949). In a charming fore-
word by Einstein’s son, Hans Albert, the book is praised “even
though some of the details are imaginary.” Another biography
oi Albert Einstein
, by Catherine Owens Peare (N.Y., Holt, 1949),
was also written for young people.
In
Doctor
,
lawyer
,
merchant
,
chief
(N.Y., Doubleday, 1948),
Robert Lewis Taylor presents a collection of “Profiles,” spry
items about people of various sorts, which originally appeared
in
The New Yorker.
Among the best pieces in the volume are
those of Dr. Alfred Meyer, the aged physician and his wife,
the letter-writing do-gooder, Mrs. Annie Nathan Meyer.
With the pride of an actor in the roles he has played, Joe,
the author o
{ “Yellow K id
Weil:
the autobiography of America’s
master swindler as told to W. T. Brannon (Chicago, Ziff-Davis,
1948), tells of his misspent but lucrative life boasting that “crime
paid me handsomely.” He admits that occasionally he was caught
and served time. These detentions gave him “ time to relax,
reflect, and catch up” on reading.
Death be not proud
, a warm and heart-breaking memoir by
John Gunther (N.Y., Harper, 1949), is an account of the un-
availing struggle of John and Frances Gunther to save the life
of their only and brilliant child. I t is also the story of the heroic
fortitude of the boy himself set down with the vivid pen of an
acute and trained observer. The story of such courage and
spiritual triumph over physical disintegration is inspiring.
David Eli Lilienthal’s Jewishness is often assumed and for
this reason his role in public life is not altogether overlooked
by Jews.
David Lilienthal
, public servant in a power age, by
W7illson WThitman (N.Y., Holt, 1948), surveys his public career
with particular emphasis on his work as the head, first of TVA,