by William S. McFeely. Norton, $19.95. Once he has disposed of some amateur psychiatric notions and the incongruous claim that his hero was a quite ordinary man, Mr. McFeely settles down to an intelligent, thorough, pleasantly written biographical narrative, well organized and documented. The book does not alter the traditional view that U. S. Grant was a fine general and a poor President, but it does supply considerable information to account for his disappointing executive performance. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index.
—Phoebe-Lou Adams