Zachary Taylor, Soldier of the Republic

By Holman Hamilton
IN this biography Mr. Hamilton traces the career of Zachary Taylor up to the end of the campaign in Mexico, which was to make him a national figure and President of the United States. Presumably a second volume by the same author will round out the story. Mr. Hamilton has done a scholarly, careful, and well-documented job, and it is not perhaps his fault that his book fails in convincing this reader, at any rate, that Zachary Taylor was anything but a second-rate soldier who did not deserve the position credited him in American history. The author treats him throughout as a hero and nowhere attempts a dispassionate summing up of his qualities and performances. R. E. D.