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A bewildering autobiography

For God's Sake Go by Sir George Catlin (Colin Smythe £5)

HE name Sir George Catlin A is little known to the general public, a surprising fact considering the great number of enterprises he either helped to initiate or took part in.

The author justifies the title of his book by saying that "There is much described in this book which I could wish to see go." Since he is a political philosopher of repute commenting on many aspects of world affairs this is inevitable.

Sir George taught and lectured in universities all over the world. He has met most of the world's great leaders and politicians knowing many of them intimately; his circle of friends has been very wide including many of literary as well as political fame. He inspired the magazine "The Realist" which had on its editorial boa rd H. G. Wells, Arnold Bennett, the Huxleys, Harold Laski, J. B. S. Haldane and a galaxy of other talent.

His chief work however has been in the political field. "I was, and I am," he writes, "a political being. Politics has been for me meat and drink." Amongst his achievements has been his furtherance of Indian independence, the part he played in the repeal of the 18th (Prohibition) Amendment of the American constitution, and his delivering the request for the fifty old destroyers in 1940, to the Republican Presidential candidate, whose adviser he was. He was also the first to . conceive the idea of the "University of the Air."

Of Catholic interest is the fact that it was he who suggested to Canon de Zulueta that the statue of Thomas More should be erected on the Thames embankment at Chelsea. This is a bewildering autobiography. It is so packed with details and achievements that one can only wonder that more has not been written about its author.

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