THESE short sketches of such diverse American families as the Adamses, the Beechers, the Barrymores, and the Roosevelts — to name only four out of the ten — are done with a straightforward, sometimes dogmatic directness. No punches are pulled, and the author’s opinions are seldom in doubt. The chapters are readable and informative, it necessarily compressed. The author deserved better copyreading. By way of illustration, surely he meant that a certain marriage was fortunate and not ‘fortuitous.’
R. E. D.