The Sweeping Wind: A Memoir
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In his memoir, Paul de Kruif gives us an autobiography which ranks with the best of these rare forms of literature. In his lifetime he has been in close touch with great events in 20th century medicine & has counted some of the great personages of the American scene among his intimate friends. The manner in which he recounts short anecdotes about many of these people is fascinating. Private conversations & letters, which always intrigue a reader, abound in his story & make it far better reading as a result.
For those who have enjoyed de Kruif's novels & articles, this memoir will be a welcome addition to their library of "de Kruifiana." The inimitable style which he has developed is at its best in the 1st portion of the book. The latter portion is less a story & more a mere recounting of experiences with people & committees.