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The great American banker and philanthropist who died soon after publication of his first book (My Boyhood in a Parsonage) had planned to continue the story of his life from the point at which his earlier book ended. The first draft and considerable material in note form was left at his death and has been edited by his family. In the same quiet manner, though with more seriousness (necessitated by the material) Mr. Lamont tells of his first trip abroad, to England--of subsequent trips to Europe--of his first years in New York as a Tribune reporter at the princely sum of $5 a week. Later, Mr. Lamont turned to banking, became a member of J.P. Morgan, and at the time of his death was chairman of the board of directors. During World War I Mr. Lemont accompanied the mission headed by Col. House. After hostilities ended, Mr. Lamont was one of two representatives of the United States Treasury on the American Commission to the Paris Peace Conference, and had rather a bad time of it with the hot-under-the-collar British over the question of German reparations. After things had settled down to the usual slow simmer in Europe, Mr. Lamont headed a semi-official mission representing the International Consortium for the Assistance of China and travelled extensively through the Far East. The moderate reflections of a humane, unprejudiced man whose position often placed him in the center of living history, this has merit but will probably not equal sales of its homespun predecessor.

Pub Date: Aug. 24th, 1951
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace