A succinct account of typical frauds of spiritualism is contained in D.
Realworterbuch gives a succinct account of the older views.
But a few years ago they used to compile laborious essays, in which the inspiration was drawn from Occidental text-books, and the alien character of the source was hidden under a veneer of Chinese aphorisms., To-day they write terse, succinct, closely-reasoned articles, seldom diffuse, often witty; and generally free from extravagance of thought or diction.
Grant and the Period of National Preservation and Reconstruction (New York, 1897) is a good succinct account.
St John's prologue prepares us to find that he is not writing for persons who require a succinct narrative of facts, but for those who having such already in familiar use are asking deep questions as to our Lord's mission.