I've been very fortunate in my choice of books recently; they've been fascinating. I just put down William Manchester's "American Caesar," about Douglas MacArthur. It's outstanding. He's not shy about making judgments and he always backs those judgments solidly.
And Alan Bullock's "Hitler and Stalin" is terrific. He compares the two lives in five-year intervals - he really shows how horrible they both were.
I don't read fiction much, but I did like "The Runaway Jury" by John Grisham. It was very topical, about a tobacco company lawsuit. It's a fascinating thriller.
Howard K. Smith, whose biography, "Events Leading to My Death," was published by St. Martin's Press this summer, was a longtime journaliist and lives in Bethesda.
Pub Date: 9/08/96