PROCESSION by John Gunther


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Readers of popular magazines in the 'thirties and of the Inside books be forewarned: this is a re-issue. Gunther has combed hisvolumes for people and come up with a collection of fifty character sketches and feature articles about the feature people of the time. He has written a few new words around them to provide background material and to point out where he was right or wrong about them. From Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and lesser European figures of the 'thirties and 'forties (q.v. Inside Europe) through the rest of the world and rest of his books--Asia (Hirohito, Chiang, Nehru), the Middle East (Ibn Saud), America (FDR, Truman, others), Africa (the national leaders), and other publications (Montgomery and the War in Sicily, MacArthur and the Japanese Occupation), the 'sixties (even Khrushchev)--all of Gunther's words, descriptions and appraisals stand up as good writing, even with what the passage of time can do. This is not a new book; but it is great journalism. It is convenient, in that it gathers in one place all the articles that at one time were the best (and sometimes the only) information the American public had about great world figures. The profiles are personal and aim at revealing the ""man"" inside the great name. A retrospective book that might possibly entice old readers back into the Gunther galleries, this is certainly most exciting to the generations that came too late to go Inside--a painless and fascinating way to get Guntherized.

Publisher: Harper & Row