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Mark Helprin

Helprin is the author of many books, including "Winter's Tale," "A Soldier of the Great War" and the forthcoming "In Sunlight and in Shadow." There is about as much chance of a presidential candidate profitably reading a real book in the heat of a campaign as there is of a horse in the home stretch of the Kentucky Derby suddenly turning to the Talmud. But let's say the whole world was on drugs, and one did. He might best fill the vacuum of his lack of contemplation if he read Sir Martin Gilbert's magisterial, 8,600-page biography of Winston Churchill ("Winston S. Churchill," Vols.I-VII, Vols. I Lisa Kennedy