WITH reference to the book review by Tim Hamlett (South China Morning Post , November 26), he says: 'Respectable historians no longer see the past in terms of the lives of great men.' Alas, in fact, the reverse is true. One thinks of the huge literature on Churchill, exemplified by the magisterial work of Martin Gilbert. Or perhaps the very recent debunking of the Great Helmsman, Mao Zedong by his doctor. There are other examples.