Winter 1944 • Vol. VI No. 1 Book Reviews |

The Hero in Russia

The Hero In History by Sidney Hook. John Day. $2.50. This is a weak book, and especially weak from the author of such pioneer works as "Towards The Understanding of Karl Marx," and "From Hegel to Marx." Hook is always valuable because he always pro-duces a fine clarification of issues. But in this work there is lacking most of all the saturation with a subject-matter, the thickness and fullness of detail, which a historical problem obviously requires, and which Hook provides only in the instance of the Russian Revolution. Hook exposes the fallacies involved in several forms of social determinism, and in the doctrine at the other exteme, that great men alone make history what it is. He makes clear the extent to which a hero is circumscribed by the conditions of his age, yet may nonetheless, by his unique character, alter the process of history. He distinguishes between kinds of heroes, the eventful man who is taken up and used by great events, and the event-making man, the true

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In 1959, Delmore Schwartz became the youngest recipient of the Bollingen Prize, awarded for a collection of poetry published that year, Summer Knowledge: New and Selected Poems. Three years later, he was teaching at Syracuse University when KR published a selection of new poems.

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