BY QUENTIN REYNOLDS by Quentin Reynolds


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By Quentin Reynolds, the autobiography of the former war correspondent, is bland but brisk self-revelation, ballasted with intimate anecdotes about the author's meetings with dozens of the century's famous men: Churchill, Roosevelt, Montgomery, Eisenhower, Willkie, Harry Hopkins, Robert Sherwood and others. And of the others should be mentioned Hemingway, Sinclair Lewis, Thomas Wolfe, Dorothy Parker, Heywood Broun, Westbrook Pegler, Damon Runyon, Toots Shor, Nathanael West, Louis Nizer, and on and on. Mr. Reynolds seems never to have moved among non-luminaries except during a tour of duty in Moscow for Colliers. Here anyway are his first-hand accounts of a hilarious fishing expedition with Hemingway, Berlin during Hitler's rise, the London blitzes, the British and the Afrika Korps, the Dieppe raid, dinners with Roosevelt and, later, the five-year preparation of a legal suit against Pegler and the Hearst syndicate on charges of malicious slander. The suit is given the most lengthy coverage of anything in the book and is well worth the space--especially when Louis Nizer finally gets Pegler squirming like a weasel on the stand. Will probably be widely read. Recommended.

Pub Date: May 13th, 1963
Publisher: McGraw-Hill