In This Review

As He Saw It
As He Saw It
By Elliott Roosevelt
Duell, 1946, 270 pp.

The author accompanied his father on several of his historic trips, witnessed a number of important events, came at least within hailing distance of many a high personage, and acquired a large store of impressions and gossip, some of which have gone into this book. What he lacks is either a deep or broad perspective against which to project what he saw and heard and remembers that he saw and heard. As a reporter of his father's moods and bons mots he is interesting, all question of the propriety of his eavesdropping aside; but the accuracy of his reports is subject to discount since so many of them seem to be based on later recollection, and the total impressions he conveys of F.D.R. and others in his dramatis personae are often quite personal.