Books: The Editors Like
BOLIVAR by Salvador de Madariaga. (Pellegrini & Cudahy, $10.00.) In the course of clearing away a lot of undeserved republican glamour surrounding Bolivar, Mr. de .Madariaga provides a history of the whole fascinating turmoil of the establishmet of South American independence.
J. P. MARQUAND, ESQUIRE by Philip Hamburger. (Houghton Mifflin, $2.00. This is an amusing gag — a biography of .Marquand masquerading as a parody of a Marquand novel.
THE WOMAN WITH THE WHIP: EVA PERON by Maria Flores. (Douhleday, $3.50.) The author has no unexpected revelations to make, but since the truth about Evita is as strange as any fiction, this book is lively reading.
THE TIGER IN THE SMOKE by Margery Allingham. (Doubleday, $2.75.) Albert Campion, assisted by a line figure of a cop, pursues a killer through a London fog. The suspense generated more than compensates for the lack of a formal mystery.
NEVER BET YOUR LIFE by George Harmon Coxe.
(Knopf, $2.50.) Murder in the Florida gambling set unraveled with urbanity, which is refreshing and tintraditional. Plenty of blood anti red herrings, however.
ELEMENT OF BISK by Mark Derby. (Viking, $3.00.) An actor with nerves sets out to rescue a lady in distress, and the result is a thriller of the first order, involving espionage, abduction, spirits (tailed from ihe vasty deep, and a false mustache. Air. Derby writes, with wit and travels like a jet plane.
ANATOMY OF A SATELLITE by Dana Adams Sehniirft. (Atlantic—Little, Brown, $.7.00,) An author who knows Czechoslovakia gives an extraordinarily thorough, detailed account of how the Communists took over that unlucky republic, and where their hold is weakest.
HONGKONG: THE ISLAND BETWEEN by Christopher Rand. (Knopf, $3.00.) Anchored on the edge of Communist China, Hongkong is a listening post, a refugee center, and a unique little world. Mr. Hand, reporting on all the island’s aspects, has a sharp journalist’s eve and writes like an artist, a rare combination.
THE PEOPLE AND POLICIES OF SOUTH AFRICA by Leo Marquard. (Oxford University Press, $3.50.) This dispassionate survey of South Africa’s history and present explosive condition offers no solutions and makes small concession to readers who like their facts amusingly packaged, but it covers a difficult field carefully and thoroughly.
BEYOND THE HIGH HIMALAY AS by William O. Douglas. (Douhleday, $5.00.) Justice Douglas includes some shrewd comments on United States foreign policy and Asian reactions to it, in a book which is more than the usual traveler’s tale of Tibet and Afghanistan.