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Three Battles and a Man

It's not uncommon for a painter to dwell artistically on the ideals and heroes of his homeland, but when a Pole in Paris sets to work on his own to do a set of miniatures as a tribute to the memory of George Washington and the early days of American history, you have perhaps some idea of the powerful influence of the men and deeds of the American Revolutionary War. Arthur Szyk (pronounced shick) devoted a year and a half to a series of thirty-eight pictures of America's first President and the revolution which he so successfully led. When he was finished, the government of Poland bought them and sent them as a gift to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. They hang, at the present time, in the late President's library at Hyde Park. Five of them are reproduced here.

There is color and feeling in Howard Fast's text, too. Of freedom's many voices, his is one of the strongest. He can take a handful of the mouldering dust of Freedom's history and turn it into a monument which is of great value to the present.

Syzk and Fast have widely different pasts, but their ideas are one and are combined here to give you history in "leaves more durable than brass."

introduction to the Coronet Special Feature