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January, 1970Back to Top
For the Record
by Our Readers
The following letter was sent on November 24 to the New York Times, but never published: To the Editor: It would be most unfortunate if the Vice President's approving reference to COMMENTARY in his speech of November 20 were taken as implying that the magazine is in agreement with the general line of attack on the news media which Mr.

Mrs. Monroe & Mme. Bovary
by Our Readers
To the Editor: I have not yet had a chance to read the whole of Norma Jean, the new biography of Marilyn Monroe, but the sections I have read .

Weimar Germany
by Our Readers

The Judeo-Christian Tradition
by Our Readers
To the Editor: When I read “The Myth of the Judeo-Christian Tradition” by Arthur A. Cohen [November 1969] I was reminded of a talk I once had with Judge Learned Hand.

TV Journal: The Fall Season
by Neil Compton
The media world is abuzz with speculation about revolutionary developments: more and better public television, new community cable systems that will offer a wide choice of programs, videotape cassettes that promise to release the viewer from bondage to mass taste and fixed program schedules.

by Midge Decter
Can it be only ten years now since American society stood ready to be acted on by the Kennedys? Well, and if we find ourselves inclined to the utterance of such banalities as this, we cannot be entirely to blame.

Confessions of a Green Beret
by William Pfaff
I joined Army Special Forces in 1956, when that was still an innocent act. It was a Reserve Detachment, although nearly all of us had seen active duty in the Second World War or the Korean War.

Jewish Class Conflict?
by Milton Himmelfarb
In no other American election has “the Jewish vote” ever been so central to the strategy and tactics of the candidates, or so prominent in the news, commentaries, polls, and analysis, as in New York in 1969.

Is There a Jewish Vote?
by Arthur Klebanoff
By now it is widely acknowledged that Jews were the critical group in the New York mayoral election last November, but it is not immediately apparent why this was so.

The Political Thought of Herbert Marcuse
by George Kateb
Marcuse has caught up with his following. An Essay on Liberation1 is a love-letter written to the young, and to the blacks too.

Allen Ginsberg and the 60's
by Morris Dickstein
A generation is fashion: but there is more to history than costume and jargon. The people of an era must either carry the burden of change assigned to their time or die under its weight in the wilderness. —Harold Rosenberg “Death in the Wilderness” It was almost two years ago, in the shabby auditorum of Columbia's Earl Hall, with its high crumbling plaster dome, that I last heard Allen Ginsberg read his poems.

Assessing the Six-Day War
by Amos Perlmutter
Two and a half years have now elapsed since the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, and thus far the flood of literature on the conflict shows no signs of abating; indeed, the continuing state of hostility in the region seems to have encouraged a corresponding flow of ever-new analyses and proposals.

The Destruction of the Dutch Jews, by Jacob Presser
by Henriette Boas
Documenting the Holocaust The Destruction of the Dutch Jews. by Jacob Presser. Translated by Arnold Pomerantz. Dutton. 545 pp. $10.00. In the welter of historical confusion, it is often assumed that the Dutch, more than most other European populations, exerted special (and successful) efforts during the German occupation to save their Jewish fellow countrymen from falling into Nazi hands.

Two Dreisers, by Ellen Moers
by Arthur Edelstein
Dreiser Reappraised Two Dreisers. by Ellen Moers. Viking. 366 pp. $10.00. Proponents of Theodore Dreiser's work have always found themselves in a nervous position, one that is, in a way, peculiarly American.

Religion and Change, by David L. Edwards; Alienation, Atheism, and the Religious Crisis, by Thomas F. O'Dea
by John Keber
Christian Theology Religion and Change. by David L. Edwards. Harper & Row. 383 pp. $8.00. Alienation, Atheism, and the Religious Crisis. by Thomas F. O'Dea. Sheed & Ward.

The Four-Gated City, by Doris Lessing
by Elizabeth Dalton
Quest's End The Four-Gated City. by Doris Lessing. Knopf. 614 pp. $7.50. The intent of Doris Lessing's Children of Violence, a series of five novels of which The Four-Gated City is the last, has been to depict the life of a generation, the one born into the aftermath of the First World War and growing to maturity during the Second.

Ideology in America, by Everett Carll Ladd
by Barry Gewen
New Politics Ideology in America. by Everett Carll Ladd. Cornell University Press. 378 pp. $11.50. Major political realignments have been rare in American history.

Reader Letters January 1970
by Milton Hindus
The Judeo-Christian Tradition TO THE EDITOR OF COMMENTARY: When I read "The Myth of the Judeo-Christian Tradition" by Arthur A. Cohen [November 1969] I was reminded of a talk I once had with Judge Learned Hand.

February, 1970Back to Top
Liberalism at Issue
by Our Readers
To the Editor: . . . Most of what William Pfaff says in “The Decline of Liberal Politics” [October] is self-evidently true.

Orson Welles as Director
by Our Readers
To The Editor: Paul Warshow's remark, in his review of The American Cinema: Directors and Directions by Andrew Sarris [October], that the cinematic style of Orson Welles “ostentatiously calls attention to itself and often goes against the grain of the material” indicates his unfamiliarity either with Welles's 1942 film from Booth Tarkington's The Magnificent Ambersons, which William S.

The Truman Speech (Cont'd)
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Before I comment on the latest episode in Arthur Schlesinger's battle against the world of fact [“Letters from Readers,” December 1969], let me fill in the relevant background. In my American Power and the New Mandarins I cited a number of examples of fabrication in the service of government policy, among them several that appeared in Schlesinger's Bitter Heritage.

John V. Lindsay: A Political Portrait
by Roger Starr
Early this past November, in what was once a farmhouse in the northeast end of Manhattan Island, a tall, attractive native New Yorker in his late forties, John Vliet Lindsay, celebrated his re-election as 103rd Mayor of the City of New York.

Zionism for the 70's
by Robert Alter
You see, we would like you to be a Jew for the Jews and not to be a Jew for the Gentiles, because Gentiles reject moralism when it comes from a man without an army. —Uriel Simon, reply to George Steiner at the Sixth Annual American-Israel Dialogue The loss of the past, whether collective or individual, is the great human tragedy, and we have thrown ours away as a child tears up a rose.

Whatever Happened to Criticism?
by Alfred Kazin
Just when did criticism cease to be an influence? Of course more stylistic analyses of Hemingway, Faulkner, Stevens, Yeats, Joyce, Lawrence, and other acceptable modern classics are published every year.

The Paradox of Prosperity
by John Lukacs
The peoples of the Western world have come to experience a strange admixture of prosperity and disillusionment. This would have surprised our ancestors.

Home Is Two Places
by Edward Hoagland
Things are worse than many of us are admitting. I'm a brassbound optimist by habit—I'm an optimist in the same way that I am righthanded, and will always be.

With-It Movies
by William Pechter
When MGM, with early indications of having a loser on its hands in 2001, shifted the film's advertising campaign to tout it as the big trip movie, it soon became clear from the crowds of stoned under-thirties flocking to it that, given the right sales pitch, the young audience was as susceptible to consumer fraud as any other.

The Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters, by John Gross
by Renee Winegarten
The Literary Life The Rise and Fall of The Man of Letters. by John Gross. Mac-millan. 322 pp. $8.95. Nothing assures us that literature is immortal, wrote Sartre in 1947, adding that the world can very easily do without literature.

The Crisis of Industrial Society, by Norman Birnbaum
by Michael Harrington
The New Elite The Crisis of Industrial Society. by Norman Birnbaum. Oxford University Press. 185 pp. $4.75. It is not immediately obvious that Daniel Bell and Herbert Marcuse share the same analysis of Western society.

The Family Carnovsky, by I. J. Singer; Steel and Iron, by I. J. Singer
by Dorothy Rabinowitz
Old-Fashioned Virtues The Family Carnovsky. by I. J. Singer. Translated by Joseph Singer. Vanguard. 405 pp. $6.95. Steel and Iron. by I. J. Singer. Translated by Joseph Singer.

9 1/2 Mystics: The Kabbala Today, by Herbert Weiner
by David Daiches
The Rabbi & The Rebbes 9½ Mystics: The Kabbala Today. by Herbert Weiner. Holt, Rinehart & Winston. 310 pp. $5.95. This is an engaging book.

Reader Letters February 1970
by Richard Goodwin
The Truman Speech (Cont'd) TO THE EDITOR OF COMMENTARY: Before I comment on the latest episode in Arthur Schlesinger's bat- tle against the world of fact ["Let- ters from Readers," December 1969], let me fill in the relevant back- ground. In my American Power and the New Mandarins I cited a number of examples of fabrication in the service of government policy, among them several that appeared in Schlesinger's Bitter Heritage. Nevertheless, I emphasized not the falsehoods, but rather the explicit statements of position: for exam- ple, Schlesinger's willingness to ap- plaud the "wisdom and statesman- ship of the American government" if only its policy succeeds in estab- lishing the rule of our chosen rep- presentatives in South Vietnam, at a cost that he describes quite viv- idly. Schlesinger had an excellent op- portunity to correct the errors and, one might hope, withdraw from the positions cited, in a re- view of my book in Book World. He chose, instead, to add a new se- ries of misrepresentations (though his review contained one correct and useful observation, to which I return).

March, 1970Back to Top
Jews & Christians
by Our Readers
To the Editor: . . . Arthur A. Cohen's article, “The Myth of the Judeo-Christian Tradition” [November 1969], . . .

On “Envy”
by Our Readers
To the Editor: I want to congratulate COMMENTARY on printing Cynthia Ozick's brilliant and perceptive novella, “Envy; or, Yiddish in America” [November 1969].

A Reply from the Ripon Society
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Though there is much that begs for criticism in Andrew Hacker's article (“Is There a New Republican Majority?,” November 1969), I want to confine myself here to two points that touch on the Ripon Society. 1) COMMENTARY should acknowledge the factual error of statements by Mr.

Schlesinger, Chomsky, Abdel
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Dr. Chomsky is almost one's favorite sputterer; but does he not sputter on a little long these days? Yet, in his thousands of words of explanation [“Letters from Readers,” February], he does not get round to answering the two simple questions I put to him in the December 1969 COMMENTARY.

Innocence Restaged
by Jack Richardson
Ah, innocence! What would we Americans have for a subject without it? What could we claim as the spine of our literary history if we didn't have, as a ubiquitous protagonist, an innocence which we can send abroad or dedicate an age to; an innocence we can never go home to again; an innocence that, in our minds, we can summon forth perpetually to be soiled and beaten down by the crudities of experience; but an innocence, finally, which will never be completely obliterated from our memory.

Nixon So Far
by Maurice Goldbloom
Like Franklin Roosevelt, Richard Nixon came to the Presidency in the midst of a national crisis which had seriously eroded the authority of the office, and indeed of the government itself.

The Poverty of Affluence
by Robert Lekachman
If we are so rich, why do we feel so poor? As it concerns the fifth or so of Americans who subsist in official poverty, the question need not detain anyone.

The U.S., the Arabs & Israel
by Anthony Hartley
To what degree has the Nixon administration changed American policy in the Middle East? This question must be asked with increasing urgency in Jerusalem and, with a rather more hopeful note, in Cairo and Damascus.

Intermarriage & Jewish Survival
by Marshall Sklare
The American Jewish community is a kind of fabulous invalid whose death had long ago been predicted by the doctors in attendance but whose ongoing salubrity confounds their predictions.

Literary Gangsters
by Gore Vidal
On a rare visit to the theater in the early 60's (visits have been equally rare in other decades), I opened Playbill, a throw-away magazine given me by an usher, and saw my own name; then “Golden Age.

The Future of Prediction
by John Sisk
Despite the fact that a sizable portion of the under-thirty crowd is trying to make its preoccupation with NOW the special mark of the late 60's and early 70's, most of us of whatever age appear to be more concerned with the future.

Only One Year, by Svetlana Alliluyeva
by Philip Rahv
The Princess Only One Year. by Svetlana Alliluyeva. Translated by Paul Chavchavadze. Harper & Row. 444 pp. $7.95. The totally unexpected appearance among us of Stalin's daughter as a leading exponent of anti-Communism, as a living witness, that is, of the horrors of the system of which her father was the chief architect, is surely one of the weirdest incidents of the cold war.

Money International, by Fred Hirsch
by Lawrence Malkin
High Finance Money International. by Fred Hirsch. Introduction by Richard N. Cooper. Doubleday. 420 pp. $8.95. Two days after Harold Wilson first came to power in 1964 he made a decision that was to dominate the British government's policies for the next three years: not to devalue the pound sterling.

The Intellectual Migration, edited by Bernard Bailyn and Donald Fleming; The Bauhaus, by Hans Wingler
by Martin Jay
Cultural Transplants The Intellectual Migration, Europe and America, 1930-1960. by Bernard Bailyn and Donald Fleming. Harvard University Press. 748 pp. $12.95. The Bauhaus. by Hans Wingler. M.I.T.

Being Busted, by Leslie A. Fiedler
by Walter Goodman
The Professor & the Police Being Busted. by Leslie A. Fiedler. Stein and Day. 225 pp. $5.95. Leslie Fiedler, along with his wife, two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two friends of one of the sons, was busted in Buffalo in April 1967.

The Education of Abraham Cahan, translated by Leon Stein, Abraham P. Conan, and Lynn Davison; The Downtown Jews, by Ronald Sande
by Irving Howe
Becoming American The Education of Abraham Cahan. by Leon Stein. Translated by Leon Stein, Abraham P. Conan, and Lynn Davison. Jewish Publication Society.

Reader Letters March 1970
by Marie Syrkin
Schlesinger, Chomsky, Abel TO THE EDITOR OF COMMENTARY: Dr. Chomsky is almost one's favorite sputterer; but does he not sputter on a little long these days? Yet, in his thousands of words of explanation ["Letters from Read- ers," February], he does not get round to answering the two simple questions I put to him in the December 1969 COMMENTARY.

April, 1970Back to Top
On Name-Calling
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Thank you for the series of letters between Professors Schlesinger and Chomsky [Letters from Readers, December 1969 and February and March 1970].

Allen Ginsburg
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Morris Dickstein, in “Allen Ginsberg & the 60's” [January 1970], writes that I “glare sternly at those who wish to put aside the tragic burdens of the 20th century for a period of ‘relaxed pleasures and surface hedonisms.’” The quote within his sentence is taken from my October 1968 COMMENTARY essay, “The New York Intellectuals.” What I actually wrote was this: “After all the virtuosos of torment and enigma we have known, it would be fine to have a period in Western culture devoted to relaxed pleasures and surface hedonism.

by Our Readers
To the Editor: I suggest that Robert L. Heilbroner's article, “Socialism and the Future” [December 1969], has two serious flaws. First is his failure to assert and stress the difference between socialism with political democracy and socialism under a dictatorship, which we ordinarily call Communism.

Agnew & Laqueur
by Our Readers
To the Editor: It is understandable that Mr. Podhoretz should be discomfited by Spiro Agnew's approval of and quotations from COMMENTARY [Letters from Readers, January].

Speaking of Hebrew
by Our Readers
To the Editor: When I finished reading Hillel Halkin's article [“Hebrew As She Is Spoke,” December 1969] I was furious, convinced that the author had baldly misstated every fact.

Party History
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Although A Long Journey has been reviewed in a number of journals, I have been tempted to comment on two reviews only: one out of pique and the second, by Mr.

The TV Season Re-Viewed
by Neil Compton
Writing one of these quarterly reports inevitably involves a period of intensive viewing followed by a lapse back into old-fashioned alphabetic culture, as I brood over what has been seen and try to distill the essence into an appropriate number of words.

Latin America: The Church Militant
by Norman Gall
If the Christian believes in the fertility of peace for achieving justice, he believes also that justice is an unavoidable condition for peace.

This Aquarian Age
by Milton Himmelfarb
A Pole in Denmark The influence of wrong texts and interpretations: Magna Carta. Now we are taught that in its time Magna Carta was a defense of feudal powers and privileges against necessary central government, but the Englishmen who overthrew Stuart absolutism appealed in good conscience to the precedent of the Great Charter of liberty under law.

Imperialism: I
by George Lichtheim
Can the involvement of the United States in the political and economic life of other nations, particularly in Latin America and the “Third World,” properly be characterized as imperialist—either in effect or in intention? A good deal of the answer one gives to this question will depend upon one's definition of imperialism, a word that in recent political rhetoric has at any rate become so charged with moral and emotional overtones as to have lost much of its purely descriptive force.

Discourses of the Rabbis
by Chaim Raphael
Is it the mark of a good book that it forces the reader to share the author's absorption with the subject matter, or—on the contrary—that it is stimulating enough to take him beyond these immediate questions? I hope that the second can be admitted as at least a partial criterion, for this is (to me) the unexpected consequence of plunging for some hours into the minutiae of rabbinic discussion as set out in a new work on the Midrash by Rabbi Braude.1 Rabbi Braude showed his expertise and devotion to this subject some years ago in a two-volume study of the Midrash on Psalms.

Paranoia at the Movies
by Myron Magnet
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? is a terrible and pretentious movie. But it expresses—precisely through its pretensions and vulgarity—a vision of reality which, if not entirely new in American consciousness, is only now beginning to operate as a central and alarming unspoken assumption in American political life. The film, directed by Sydney Pollack and based on a 1935 novel by Horace McCoy, is about a marathon dancing contest held in 1932—in the depths, we are reminded, of the depression.

The American Negro: His History and Literature, edited by William Loren Katz
by David Donald
Black History The American Negro: His History and Literature. by William Loren Katz. Arno Press. 141 volumes in all. Series I: 45 volumes, $485.00.

Tides of Fortune, by Harold Macmillan
by Robert Hazo
P.M. Tides of Fortune. by Harold Macmillan. Harper & Row. 729 pp. $15.00. Harold Macmillan, Britain's Prime Minister from 1956 to 1962 (the period bracketed by Suez and Profumo), was without doubt the most important and influential figure in British politics since Churchill.

Literature and the Sixth Sense, by Philip Rahv
by John Sisk
The Critical Moment Literature and the Sixth Sense. by Philip Rahv. Houghton Mifflin. 445 pp. $10.00. Literature and the Sixth Sense is Philip Rahv's selection from thirty years of his literary criticism.

A Treasury of Yiddish Verse, edited by Irving Howe and Eliezer Greenberg
by Dan Jacobson
The Surviving Word A Treasury of Yiddish Verse. by Irving Howe and Eliezer Greenberg. Holt, Rinehart & Winston. 378 pp. $10.00. Of all literary forms, poetry is notoriously the most difficult to translate from the language in which it is written.

Reader Letters April 1970
by Paul Goodman
Party History TO THE EDITOR OF COMMENTARY: Although A Long Journey has been reviewed in a number of journals, I have been tempted to comment on two reviews only: one out of pique and the second, by Mr. Maurice J.

May, 1970Back to Top
On the Kennedys
by Our Readers
To the Editor: It is the smallest token of love and respect for Robert Kennedy that I reply to Midge Decter's “Kennedyism” [January] without resort to personal sniping, cutting and condescending invective—gifts, at any rate, in which no one should hope to compete with her.

The Quotable Truman
by Our Readers
To the Editor: In the October 1969 issue of COMMENTARY [“Controversy”] I wrote that several quotations from D. F. Fleming and James Warburg were “accurate and perceptive” renditions of remarks by Truman in 1947.

The Unique and the Universal
by Our Readers
To the Editor: In commenting on “Zionism for the 70's,” by Robert Alter [February], let me first say that it is difficult to answer someone who extracts a few sentences from a long and, one hopes, closely argued text.

Z: Politics on Film
by Charles Brooks
In May 1963, Gregorios Lambrakis, professor of medicine at the University of Athens, opposition member of the Greek parliament, and leader of the Greek campaign for nuclear disarmament and against the deployment of American missiles in Greece, was conveniently run down by a motorcycle during a clash between his supporters and his opponents following a rally in Salonika.

Imperialism: II
by George Lichtheim
The first part of this essay, published in these pages last month, was mainly intended to sketch in the background relevant to the general concept of imperialism in the modern world.

The Obligations of Oppressed Minorities
by Michael Walzer
I had reduced everything to the simple theory that the oppressed are always right and the oppressors are always wrong: a mistaken theory, but the natural result of being one of the oppressors yourself. —George Orwell Majority rule is the hardest question in democratic theory.

On Lea Goldberg & S. Y. Agnon
by Robert Alter
The early weeks of 1970 saw the passing of two remarkable Hebrew writers, one, S. Y. Agnon, who had achieved wide international recognition, the other, Lea Goldberg, scarcely known outside Israel.

Mr. Sammler's Planet, by Saul Bellow
by Irvin Stock
Man in Culture Mr. Sammler's Planet. by Saul Bellow. Viking. 313 pp. $6.95. A remarkable feature of Saul Bellow's career is that it is a kind of model of organic growth, his novels both alike and different, like a human being getting older.

The Supreme Court and the Idea of Progress, by Alexander M. Bickel
by Leon Friedman
Judicial Activism The Supreme Court and the Idea of Progress. by Alexander M. Bickel. Harper & Row. 210 pp. $6.50. A liberal Supreme Court can count on automatic criticism from the political Right.

Smiling Through the Apocalypse, edited by Harold Hayes
by Edward Grossman
Endgames Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire's History of the Sixties. Edited by Harold Hayes. McCall Publishing Co. 981 pp. $12.50. Back in the 50's a sub-editor at Esquire, Hugh Hefner, quit, inspired by the idea that what this country needed was a glossy magazine with pictures of the girl next door undressed.

Jewish Philosophy in Modern Times, by Nathan Rotenstreich
by Marvin Fox
Tradition & The New Jewish Philosophy in Modern Times: From Mendelssohn to Rosenzweig. by Nathan Rotenstreich. Holt, Rinehart if Winston. 282 pp. $6.50. Attempts to define the essence of Judaism have been made recurrently by Jewish thinkers over the centuries.

The Estate, by Isaac Bashevis Singer; The Promise, by Chaim Potok
by Dorothy Rabinowitz
Sequels The Estate. by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 374 pp. $6.95. The Promise. by Chaim Potok. Knopf. 359 pp. $6.95. Someone should say a cautionary word about sequels.

The Enlightenment: Volume II, by Peter Gay
by John Weightman
Secular Humanism The Enlightenment: An Interpretation, Volume II, the Science of Freedom. by Peter Gay. Knopf. 768 pp. $10.00. Professor gay has concluded his twenty-year study of the Enlightenment with this second substantial volume, which is as admirably encyclopedic as the first.

Present at the Creation, by Dean Acheson
by Marcus Cunliffe
Mr. Secretary Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department. by Dean Acheson. Norton. 798 pp. $15.00. Dean Acheson's career, viewed as such things are viewed, has been distinguished, and attended by high compliments and consolations—honorary degrees from Harvard and Yale, a steady rise through the Washington bureaucracy to the Secretaryship of State, the knowledge of having been a chief architect of an entirely new era of American foreign policy.

Reader Letters May 1970
by Robert Alter
The Unique and the Universal TO THE EDITOR OF COMMENTARY: In commenting on "Zionism for the 70's," by Robert Alter [Feb- ruary], let me first say that it is difficult to answer someone who extracts a few sentences from a long and, one hopes, closely ar- gued text.

Translating the Bible
by David Daiches
“The English translation of the Bible,” remarked the 17-century antiquary John Selden, “is the best translation in the world, and renders the sense of the original best.

June, 1970Back to Top
Only Money
by Our Readers
To the Editor: John Lukacs's “The Paradox of Prosperity” [February] misrepresents the nature of modern economics. Mr. Lukacs criticizes economics for faults it does not have and commits numerous slips in economic analysis. To be sure, it is not clear just what Mr.

by Our Readers
To the Editor: I was appalled by Philip Rahv's review of Svetlana Alliluyeva's Only One Year [Books in Review, March]. No, embarrassed is a better word.

Author's Reply
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Adam Walinsky's comments [Letters from Readers, May] on my article, “Kennedyism” [January], compel reply—if only because their author employs the wiliest of all polemical gambits: announcing himself duty-bound to set the record straight without the benefit of my unmatchable gift for “personal sniping, cutting, and condescending invective.” Now the article, to be sure, makes strong charges, but nowhere in it is there even a hint either of invective or recourse to that which is usually understood by the word “personal.” Along the way, not particularly kind things were said of Mr.

Schlesinger vs. Chomsky
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Noam Chomsky is getting to be incredible in all senses of the word: it has long been impossible to believe anything he says, and now it becomes increasingly difficult to believe that he exists. His most recent communiqué [Letters from Readers, May] obligingly offers us a fresh example of his incorrigible intellectual crookedness.

by Our Readers
To the Editor: It was a fascinating experience reading Marshall Sklare's “Intermarriage & Jewish Survival” [March]. Mr. Sklare . . .

by Our Readers
To the Editor: People really are more fun than anybody and Roger Starr's article on John Lindsay [“John V. Lindsay: A Political Portrait,” February] is extraordinarily interesting.

Reflections on Earth Day
by Norman Podhoretz
Beginning with the present number, Norman Podhoretz, editor of COMMENTARY and author of Doings and Undoings and Making It, will be conducting this new monthly department of comment on a wide variety of topical issues.

The Palestinians and Israel
by Shlomo Avineri
When I was a child, I used to go with my late father for long walks around the Valley of Jezreel.

Quackery in the Classroom
by Samuel McCracken
To begin on a note of solemn affirmation: I consider elementary and secondary education in this country to be nightmare almost unrelieved, and were I king, all that would remain would be a few of the handsomer buildings, an occasional administrator, some of the teachers, and all of the students.

In Sickness and in Health
by Eric Cassell
In recent days doctors have become the targets of considerable anger. The reasons given for this anger are varied, ranging from the charge that not enough people are being given proper medical care to the complaint that doctors fail to react to patients as individuals.

Literary Revolutionism
by Renee Winegarten
“Your literary men, and your politicians, and . . . the whole clan of the enlightened among us, . .

Joyce Carol Oates: Violence in the Head
by Elizabeth Dalton
In the last several years, Joyce Carol Oates has made a great impression. She has received many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a number of short-story prizes, and now the National Book Award for fiction.

Jesus and the Jews
by Chaim Raphael
The Jews have always been immensely suspicious of Christianity, both as a religion and for the effects on them of Christian societies; but their feelings about Jesus have been more ambivalent.

The Writing on the Wall and Other Literary Essays, by Mary McCarthy
by Edward Grossman
Mary à la Mode The writing on the Wall and Other Literary Essays. by Mary McCarthy. Harcourt, Brace & World. 213 pp. $6.75. If two pieces in Miss McCarthy's latest collection had been left out, her book would scarcely have needed to be noticed.

Odyssey of a Friend, edited by William F. Buckley, Jr.
by Allen Weinstein
The Witness Odyssey of a Friend: Whittaker Chambers' Letters to William F. Buckley, Jr., 1954-1961. by William F. Buckley, Jr. Putnam. 303 pp.

How to Talk Back to Your Television Set, by Nicholas Johnson
by Edward Epstein
The Commissioner How to Talk Back to Your Television Set. by Nicholas Johnson. Atlantic Monthly Press-Little-Brown. 228 pp. $5.95. Nicholas Johnson, the outspoken member of the Federal Communications Commission who always seems to come down on the side of the angels in opposing such popular evils as Violence on Television, Concentration of Power, Media Monopoly, and Pollution of the Air Waves, has written a book which is eminently plausible.

Judaism Despite Christianity, edited by Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy
by Arthur Cohen
Dialogue Judaism Despite Christianity. The “Letters on Christianity and Judaism” between Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy and Franz Rosenzweig. Eugen Rosen-Stock-Huessy. Translated by Dorothy M. Emmet.

The Story of Rock, by Carl Belz; Rock and Roll Will Stand, edited by Greil Marcus; The Age of Rock, edited by Jonathan Eisen
by Barry Gewen
Rock Criticism The story of rock. by Carl Belz. Oxford University Press. 256 pp. $5.95. Rock and Roll Will Stand. by Greil Marcus. Beacon Press. 182 pp.

Reader Letters June 1970
by Philip Rahv
Lindsay TO THE EDITOR OF COMMENTARY: People really are more fun than anybody and Roger Starr's article on John Lindsay ["John V.

July, 1970Back to Top
Weimar Germany
by Our Readers
To the Editor: . . . I do not wish to continue the debate with Martin Jay on Weimar Germany (“Letters from Readers, January], but I must register my indignation at Mr.

Nixon & Civil Rights
by Our Readers
To the Editor: In “Nixon So Far” [March], Maurice J. Goldbloom compares the “distinctly poor” civil rights policy of the Nixon administration with its record on civil liberties, in which he finds evidence of a “split personality.” But another way of describing the Nixon administration's defense of the Bill of Rights would be “half-hearted.” For example, Mr.

Middle East Policy
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Anthony Hartley [“The U.S., the Arabs & Israel,” March] has omitted the two political arguments which weigh most heavily in American considerations in the Middle East.

Dutch Jewry
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Henriette Boas's review of Jacob Presser's scholarly book, The Destruction of the Dutch Jews [Books in Review, January], centers on her ardent defense of the Jewish Council (Joodse Raad) which in the Netherlands cooperated very effectively with the Nazi murder machine, and thereby facilitated the “smooth” deportation of more than 100,000 Dutch Jews to Auschwitz.

by Our Readers
To the Editor: In his article, “The Poverty of Affluence” [March], Robert Lekachman does the cause of improving our environment a sad disservice.

Yiddish Culture
by Our Readers
To the Editor: I read Irving Howe's review of The Education of Abraham Cahan [Books in Review, March] with interest, and I agree with Mr.

On Gangsterism
by Our Readers
To the Editor: The theory I have about Gore Vidal's article, “Literary Gangsters” [March], is that he started to write it as a paraphrase of the old joke whose last line is: “So it's not a fountain.” He thereupon put together John W.

The Future
by Our Readers
To the Editor: In “The Future of Prediction” [March], John P. Sisk has seriously misrepresented the content of my book, The Prometheus Project, by characterizing it as an attempt to predict the future.

Agit-Prop & the Rosenbergs
by Allen Weinstein
The dominant “theater of propaganda” in the United States today is not an “official,” government-sponsored one, as in Communist countries, but a semiofficial “revisionist” school of drama, which exploits and distorts historical facts for its own predetermined ends.

First Things, and Last
by Norman Podhoretz
This is the second in a new series of monthly comments by the editor of COMMENTARY on a wide range of topical matters.

Urban Civilization & Its Discontents
by Irving Kristol
It is in the nature of democratic countries that, sooner or later, all serious controversy—whether it be political, social, or economic—will involve an appeal to the democratic principle as the supreme arbiter of the rights and the wrongs of the affair.

Can Anti-Semitism Be Measured?
by Lucy Dawidowicz
With regard to anti-Semitism I don't really want to search for explanations; I feel a strong inclination to surrender to my affects in this matter and find myself confirmed in my wholly non-scientific belief that mankind on the average and taken by and large are a wretched lot. —Sigmund Freud, in a letter to Arnold Zweig, December 2, 1927 In an age when sociological scrutiny seems to extend into the most obscure corners of our experience, it may come as a surprise to learn that the phenomenon of anti-Semitism—one of the more enduring of social phenomena and, needless to say, one of special significance in our own time—has received scant attention from American social scientists.

On the Passage of Time
by Peter Berlinrut
What goes and what stays? What has changed and what is the same, and if there is any way of assessing the change, what is the referent we can use to measure it? I feel the question as I sit here on this bench in the Square in about the same spot where I sat forty-six years ago.

The Shalit Case
by Robert Alter
—But do you know what a nation means? says John Wyse. —Yes, says Bloom. —What is it? says John Wyse. —A nation? says Bloom.

The Radicalized Professor: A Portrait
by Dorothy Rabinowitz
His childhood lies not far behind him. Although he is, or is approaching, forty or more, he has registered no departures from the straight course that he took from boyhood to professor-hood.

The South and the Nation, by Pat Watters
by David Donald
Regional History The South and the Nation. by Pat Waiters. Pantheon. 390 pp $7.95. Though southern historical scholarship has gained in depth and precision during the past generation, no recent interpretation of the region has equaled W.

The British Folklorists, by Richard M. Dorson; Peasant Customs and Savage Myths, edited by Richard M. Dorson
by Robert Ackerman
Lore & Learning The British Folklorists: A History. by Richard M. Dorson. University of Chicago Press. 518 pp. $17.95. Peasant Customs and Savage Myths, 2 volumes. by Richard M.

The Freudian Left, by Paul Robinson
by Martin Peretz
Psychoanalytic Radicals The Freudian Left. by Paul Robinson. Harper & Row. 252 pp. $5.95. Psychoanalysis, after years of bitter struggle, is by now securely established as part of the received mode of Western thought, and it does not appear likely that anything will unseat it in the foreseeable future.

Why Men Rebel, by Ted Robert Gurr
by James Adams
Patterns of Discontent Why Men Rebel. by Ted Robert Gurr. Princeton University Press. 421 pp. $12.50. Some of the most persuasive arguments for the policy now called “benign neglect” are to be found in this book, although that is probably coincidence and certainly not the intention of the author.

Vital Parts, by Thomas Berger
by Richard Schickel
Bitter Comedy Vital Parts. by Thomas Berger. Richard W. Baron. 432 pp. $6.95. It is my sad conviction that Thomas Berger will never achieve the recognition he deserves.

Reader Letters July 1970
by Meyer Liben
The Future TO THE EDITOR OF COMMENTARY: In "The Future of Prediction" [March], John P. Sisk has serious- ly misrepresented the content of my book, The Prometheus Proj- ect, by characterizing it as an at- tempt to predict the future.

August, 1970Back to Top
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Michael Walzer's comments on political obligation [“The Obligations of Oppressed Minorities,” May] are sober, sensible, and thoughtful. They would, if attended to by actual minorities, probably enable these groups to achieve great advances without the accompaniment of some of the excesses that we have seen on our campuses and city streets. Nevertheless, it cannot be said that Mr.

Reflections on Earth Day
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Norman Podhoretz's first COMMENTARY [“Reflections on Earth Day,” June] went badly astray about two-thirds of the way through when he made John Gardner the personal target of his attack.

Croatian Saint?
by Our Readers
To the Editor: In his latest appraisal of Noam Chomsky [Letters from Readers, June], Arthur Schlesinger denies the possibility of believing anything Professor Chomsky says, and even calls his existence into question.

The Church
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Norman Gall's “Latin America: The Church Militant” [April] deserves praise although it contains some errors and misleading statements. First, the Church in Argentina broke with Perón only after he changed his policy of accommodation with it, took control of education away from the Church, and permitted civil divorce.

Schools & Teaching
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Samuel McCracken gives me high praise in his article on the libertarian movement in education [“Quackery in the Classroom,” June], and I can't help but be grateful, but his piece as a whole is intemperate to the point of wildness, and seriously misrepresents the movement.

Like Fathers, Like Sons
by Norman Podhoretz
This is the third in a new series of monthly comments by the editor of COMMENTARY on a wide range of topical matters.

The Question of Repression
by Walter Goodman
A few weeks ago, the News of the Week in Review section of the Sunday New York Times, showcase for protests, proclamations, declarations, denunciations, affirmations, and appeals for money, carried a full-page advertisement headed: “It's 11:59 P.M.” The ad began: “When the Nazis attacked the Jews,” said Pastor Martin Niemoeller, “I remained silent because I was not Jewish.” When they destroyed the Communists, the Social Democrats, the Catholics—the good pastor continued his silence. Finally, when he knew he had to speak up—it Was too late. There was no one left. Pastor Niemoeller's society ran amok. Can it happen again? The lengthy message did not leave that question hanging.

Holy, Holy, Holy ...
by Dan Jacobson
Holy, Holy, Holy . . . by Dan Jacobson Business was poor for the Coptic priest in charge of the hindmost of the two tiny, domed, pillared chapels that stand back-to-back within the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

The Non-Generation Gap
by Earl Raab
During the month of May, following upon the invasion of Cambodia and the killings at Kent State, it appeared that the United States might be faced with a sudden revolt approaching the magnitude of that in France two years earlier.

The Grand Illusion: An Appreciation of Jacques Ellul
by Robert Nisbet
Jacques Ellul is a deeply respected lay theologian in the (Protestant) Reformed Church of France, and also professor of law and history at the University of Bordeaux.

Is History Dead?
by Milton Himmelfarb
Vixere fortes ante Agamemnona multi, sed omnes illacrimabiles     urgentur ignotique longa         nocte, carent quia vate sacro.1 —Horace One more obituary has been published. A few years ago there was much ado about the death of God, and now the historian J.

The Working Theater
by Jack Richardson
There was a picture of Noël Coward emerging from Buckingham Palace immediately after receiving his knighthood. He wore the proper morning-suit and, with gloved hands, leaned with the right amount of restrained aplomb upon a walking stick.

“Matzpen” and its Sponsors
by Carl Gershman
The Committee on New Alternatives in the Middle East, according to Noam Chomsky, one of its founders, was established to promote discussion of the Arab-Israeli crisis, and specifically “to introduce left-wing voices that are rarely heard in the United States.” In a letter inviting other intellectuals to sponsor the Committee with him, Chomsky emphasized that it would “take no specific stand on the Middle East” and expressed the hope that people representing “a range of differing views” would join in lending their names to the encouragement of its activities.

Zelda. A Biography, by Nancy Milford
by Stephen Donadio
An American Dream Zelda. A Biography. by Nancy Milford. Harper & Row. 424 pp. $10.00. Nancy Milford's biography of Zelda Fitzgerald brings us into an awareness of its subject so intense it seems unmediated by the personality of a biographer.

Social Policy, May/June 1970
by Nathan Glazer
Déjà Vu Social Policy. May/June 1970. International Arts & Science Press. 68 pp. $1.50. $8.00 a year for six issues. Social Policy is a new journal devoted generally to social change, but specifically to a critical examination of the various agencies of social policy—in education, health, welfare, housing, manpower training, and the like.

Birth Control in Jewish Law, by David M. Feldman
by Irving Greenberg
Judaism & Modernism Birth Control in Jewish Law: Marital Relations, Contraception, and Abortion as Set Forth in the Classic Texts of Jewish Law. by David M.

Notebooks of a Dilettante, by Leopold Tyrmand
by Anthony Hartley
Disillusioned Wisdom Notebooks of a Dilettante. by Leopold Tyrmand. Macmillan. 240 pp. $5.95. What is A European intellectual to think of America in the 60's and 70's? How is he to accommodate to it his own inheritance of weary schadenfreude, cultural complication, and acquaintance with the stale orgies of history? Leopold Tyrmand, despite his description of himself as “a permanent resident of the United States,” is a European intellectual—one who has crossed the Atlantic to escape a tyranny stifling to his writing and inimical to the free play of thought which can be detected throughout his book.

Nothing But A Fine Tooth Comb, by David T. Bazelon
by Midge Decter
Highbrowland Nothing But a Fine Tooth Comb. by David T. Bazelon. Simon & Schuster. 447 pp. $9.95 David Bazelon is a figure who in a quieter or more orderly century might be seen by its historians to have spanned ages.

Reader Letters August 1970
by George Dennison
Schools & Teaching TO THE EDITOR OF COMMENTARY: Samuel McCracken gives me high praise in his article on the libertarian movement in educa- tion ["Quackery in the Class- room," June], and I can't help but be grateful, but his piece as a whole is intemperate to the point of wildness, and seriously misrepresents the movement.

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The Lady & the Professors
by Our Readers
To the Editor: I graduated from Cornell University this June . . . and have had ample opportunity to observe the faculty of a university in crisis (during the events of April 1969); and I have also had to think hard about doing further work in the humanities.

Writers and Revolution
by Our Readers
To the Editor: At the end of her article, “Literary Revolutionism” [June], Renee Winegarten states that the “present passion for revolution as a means of salvation for society and for the individual requires more precise scrutiny than it has received hitherto.” Unfortunately, Miss Winegarten's own essay adds nothing new and certainly nothing precise to our understanding of the passion she purports to deal with.

First Example
by Our Readers
To the Editor: . . . The July issue, both overall and in at least one of its parts, exceeded even my usual high expectations.

The Question of the Palestinians
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Shlomo Avineri's article, “The Palestinians and Israel” [June], is an important first step on the road to a rational discussion of the legitimacy of Palestinian nationalism; the concomitant attack on Mrs.

Literary Extremism
by Our Readers
To the Editor: I was interested that Elizabeth Dalton should consider so closely my work, especially my most recent novel, them, in your June issue [“Joyce Carol Oates: Violence in the Head”], and that she should point out certain patterns of recurring violence that I had not been aware of.

Revolutionary Suicide
by Norman Podhoretz
In one sense, as Tom Milstein (p. 35) says and as he impressively demonstrates, the Black Panther party cannot be understood “without reference to the recent history of the Negro movement as a whole.” Yet there is also a sense in which it might be said that the story of the Panthers more properly belongs in another context entirely—that of the recent history not of the Negro movement as a whole but of the radical movement as a whole. The Panthers, to be sure, are an organization of blacks, and it is also true that they are rooted to a certain extent in the traditions of black nationalism (on this point Theodore Draper's “The Fantasy of Black Nationalism” in the September 1969 COMMENTARY1 casts considerable light).

by William Pechter
Catch-22 is this year's White Elephant Movie, a lumbering vehicle hauling its tiny cargo of humanist piety from one end of two hours to the other.

A Perspective on the Panthers
by Tom Milstein
The world of the Black Panther party might have been constructed by Kurt Vonnegut out of bits and pieces of Dostoevsky.

What is Society?-The Ideas of Andrea Caffi
by Lionel Abel
Wer nicht die Welt in seinen Freunden sieht Verdient nicht, dass die Welt von ihm erfahre. Torquato Tasso—GOETHE Who was Caffi? A man of ideas, admired during his lifetime in Paris, in Leningrad, in Rome, and in Berlin, but always by a circle of friends.

The Future of Social Democracy
by John Mander
Is social democracy becoming the dominant species of politics in Western Europe? Is Europe haunted by a fresh specter—the resurgence of a non-Marxist social democracy? Six months ago, most observers would have answered in the affirmative.

The Traveler and His Telling-A Story
by E. Broner
They sat next to each other with only the coffee table and the large speckled ceramic ashtray that rested on the wedge-shaped table separating them.

In Search of Cecil Roth
by Chaim Raphael
Cecil Roth—a magic name in a certain realm of Jewish history writing—died on June 21, 1970 in Jerusalem, at the age of seventy-one.

The Activist Cleric
by Dorothy Rabinowitz
His companions are young. His admirers are the youthful and the young in heart. It was not always so: a boy of sensitivity and intelligence, he had held to a shy belief that one might help people, and lead them, through love of God, to goodness.

The End of the American Era, by Andrew Hacker
by Marcus Cunliffe
Decline and Fall The End of the American Era. by Andrew Hacker. Atheneum. 264 pp. $6.50. Andrew Hacker, a professor of government at Cornell and a regular contributor to these pages, is one of many people now concerned with what might be called the Condition-of-America Question.

In Praise of the Baal Shem Tov, translated and edited by Dan Ben-Amos and Jerome R. Mintz
by Arthur Cohen
The Besht In Praise of the Baal Shem Tov [Shivhei ha-Besht]. The Earliest Collection of Legends About the Founder of Hasidism. by Dan Ben-Amos and Jerome R.

Lindsay's Promise: The Dream that Failed, by Woody Klein
by Jerome Zukosky
Inside City Hall Lindsay's Promise: The Dream That Failed. by Woody Klein Macmillan. 349 pp. $6.95. John V. Lindsay, perhaps more than any other figure in public life, has made of the “urban crisis” a platform upon which to build his career.

Going Steady, by Pauline Kael
by Joseph Epstein
The Moviegoer Going Steady. by Pauline Kael. Atlantic Monthly Press. 304 pp. $6.95. Between people who go to the movies and real moviegoers there is a distinction akin to that between people who take a drink every now and then and alcoholics.

Technology and Growth: The Price We Pay, by E. J. Mishan; 21 Popular Economic Fallacies, by E. J. Mishan
by Lawrence Malkin
Paying for the Good Life Technology and Growth: The Price We Pay. by E. J. Mishan. Praeger. 193 pp. $7.95. 21 Popular Economic Fallacies. by E.

Reader Letters September 1970
by Shlomo Avineri
Literary Extremism? TO THE EDITOR OF COMMENTARY: I was interested that Elizabeth Dalton should consider so closely my work, especially my most re- cent novel, them, in your June is- sue ["Joyce Carol Oates: Violence in the Head"], and that she should point out certain patterns of recurring violence that I had not been aware of.

October, 1970Back to Top
On Dying in Vain
by Our Readers
To the Editor: I wonder if Norman Podhoretz [“Issues,” July] would write about the Holocaust as he does about the Vietnam war.

The South
by Our Readers
To the Editor: David Donald's unfortunate review of Pat Watters's The South and the Nation [Books in Review, July] deserves rebuke and correction.

by Our Readers
To the Editor: In the opening sentences of his review of my books on The British Folklorists [Books in Review, July] Robert Ackerman makes serious errors about the current state of folklore studies.

by Our Readers
[The following letters refer to some of the remarks about COMMENTARY generally in Murray Kempton's letter, above.] _____________   Norman Podhoretz writes: I was surprised to see Murray Kempton, of all people, characterizing as a species of “group abuse” certain recent analyses in COMMENTARY of the political interests and predispositions of Anglo-Saxon Protestants.

The Middle East and the Intellectuals
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Carl Gershman's article, “ ‘Matzpen’ and Its Sponsors” [August], is a truly exceptional piece. As a Matzpen activist in Israel, where the Zionist establishment has cultivated the arts of character assassination, innuendo, and misrepresentation of opponents' ideas to a point surpassing that achieved by your Senator Joe McCarthy in the early 1950's, I am used to seeing my words and the words of my comrades systematically misreported, misinterpreted, and even freely created by would-be reporters and analysts.

Laws, Kings, and Cures
by Norman Podhoretz
Reading Nathan Glazer's account (p. 74) of his transformation from a “mild radical” into a correspondingly mild conservative has set me to wondering about the not dissimilar course my own political development has taken since the early 60's.

The Liberated Woman
by Midge Decter
Though she was born into a very real world, and not a princess, it might be only a little fanciful to imagine that her birth was attended by a visitation of good fairies.

Cairo Journal
by Joan Colebrook
To the north, Constanta and Odessa: to the south, the Bosphorus. The plane circling in a landscape of rich sunset-colored clouds.

Who Needs the Liberals?
by Penn Kemble
One might have hoped that the two years since the defeats of 1968 would have have produced a mood of reappraisal among American liberals, and some major new programs and strategy for this year and the difficult road to 1972.

Catharsis, Linguistics & All That
by John Thompson
Theories of poetry afford us a curious minor example of European mental processes. For nearly twenty-five hundred years now, since the Greeks invented Poetics, our cultural forebears have been arranging and rearranging the three terms Plato used to describe the origin, nature, and function of Poetry, always placing them, just as Plato did, in relation to some larger proposition about humanity or perhaps divinity.

On Being Deradicalized
by Nathan Glazer
How does a radical—a mild radical, it is true, but still someone who felt closer to radical than to liberal writers and politicians in the late 1950's—end up by early 1970 a conservative, a mild conservative, but still closer to those who now call themselves conservative than to those who call themselves liberal? I seem to have moved from a position in which I was a bit embarrassed to be considered liberal (surely I was a degree further to the Left than that!) to a position where I am again embarrassed, but from the other side: surely I am not so “Establishmentarian” as that! One way of explaining this change is to describe what it was to be a mild radical in the late 1950's.

Eliot, Lawrence & the Jews
by Robert Alter
It is against a background of Christianity that all our thought has significance. An individual European may not believe that the Christian Faith is true, and yet what he says, and makes, and does, will all spring out of his heritage of Christian culture and depend upon that culture for its meaning. —T.

The World the Slaveholders Made, by Eugene D. Genovese
by Allen Weinstein
Southern Paternalism The World the Slaveholders Made. Two Essays in Interpretation. by Eugene D. Genovese. Pantheon Books. 274 pp. $5.95. Like Eugene Genovese's previous studies of the ante-bellum South, the two essays which comprise this book attempt to examine slave societies through the prism of social class rather than by focusing primarily, as most previous scholars have done, on patterns of race relations.

Managing Mailer, by Joe Flaherty
by Charles Brooks
The Fifth Candidate Managing Mailer. by Joe Flaherty. Coward-McCann. 222 pp. $5.95. In the spring of 1969, the prevalent anti-Lindsay mood in New York appeared strong enough to sweep any Democrat into office in November.

Germans and Jews, by George Mosse
by Lewis Wurgaft
Weimar Germans and Jews: the Right, the Left, and the Search for a “Third Force” in Pre-Nazi Germany. by George Mosse. Howard Fertig, Inc.

The Strawberry Statement, by James Simon Kunen; Push Comes to Shove, by Steven Kelman
by Samuel McCracken
Kidstuff The Strawberry Statement. by James Simon Kunen. Random House. 150 pp. $4.95. Push Comes to Shove. by Steven Kelman Houghton-Mifflin. 287 pp. $5.95. Among distinctions between the Now Generation and its antediluvian predecessors is that today's young field marshals (and corporals) write their memoirs before retiring.

Reader Letters October 1970
by Eric Bentley
The Middle East and the Intellectuals TO THE EDITOR OF COMMENTARY: Carl Gershman's article, "'Matzpen' and Its Sponsors" [August], is a truly exceptional piece.

November, 1970Back to Top
Israel and the Palestinians
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Shlomo Avineri's “The Palestinians and Israel” [June] is bound to convince not a few of your readers, being a most superior piece.

“Issues” & August
by Our Readers
To the Editor: In a recent piece I had in the New York Review, I described, as I had seen them, some of the aggressively nationalistic construction workers who have been intimidating many peaceful people in New York, and wrote of “crane operators and other lordly specialists who from the heights of their well-packed pay envelopes look down on blacks who can't even become plumbers' apprentices.” In his column, “Like Fathers, Like Sons” [August], Norman Podhoretz uses these words to suggest that crane operators also are “kids” entitled to the sympathetic consideration that, in Mr.

Anti-Semitism, Survey-Analysis & Assimilation
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Lucy S. Dawidowicz clearly has strong feelings about Negro anti-Semitism. These feelings, along with her pretensions to social-science expertise, have led to an article [“Can Anti-Semitism Be Measured?,” July] as unfair as it is uninformed. With respect to my study, Protest and Prejudice, she quotes out of context, drops crucial qualifying words and phrases, makes misstatements of facts, misinterprets data, misunderstands the nature of survey research, uses a 1970 perspective to attack 1964 data, makes undocumented charges, and tries to pass off her strongly held value positions as scientific criticism; not to mention the intellectually lazy tactic of attacking the study not on its own terms for what it tried to do, but in light of questions and methods it chose not to deal with. Mrs.

Repression, Right and Left
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Walter Goodman's articles are usually informative and, I believe, trustworthy. The more's the pity when he allows himself to be victimized by silly clichés.

Who Is a Jew
by Our Readers
To the Editor: One wonders why Robert Alter tries to present the Orthodox side of the question “Who is a Jew?” in his article, “The Shalit Case” [July], when he is clearly prejudiced against it from the outset.

The Rosenbergs
by Our Readers
To the Editor: The two main points of Allen Weinstein's article [“Agit-Prop & the Rosenbergs,” July] are that the Rosenbergs were guilty and that Freed's play is untruthful about this, and that all the characterizations in the play are oversimplified and tendentious.

The Idea of Crisis
by Norman Podhoretz
As between Jerome Zukosky (p. 40), who argues that the urban crisis is largely an “insubstantial construct,” and Irving Kristol (p.

Is the Urban Crisis Real?
by Irving Kristol
The following exchange was occasioned by Irving Kristol's “Urban Civilization & Its Discontents” which appeared in July.  In an essay, “Common Sense about the ‘Urban Crisis’” (Fortune, October 1967), Irving Kristol, reviewing the work of a group of scholars, most of them at Harvard and MIT, praised them for their “tough-minded skepticism” toward the familiar “urban crisis.” Mr.

The Case of the “New York Review&rdquo
by Dennis Wrong
According to a current study of the politics of the “intellectual elites” in a number of countries, the four journals read most regularly by chairmen of humanities and social-science departments in the major American colleges and universities are the New York Review of Books, COMMENTARY, Partisan Review, and Dissent.

Jews in the Mind of France
by Renee Winegarten
In France, where nearly all the scenes of the modern Jewish dilemma have been dramatically enacted since the end of the 18th century, the curtain has again risen on a weird performance.

Nixon, the Senate & the War
by N. Levin
In October of 1967, Richard Nixon published an article in Foreign Affairs entitled “Asia After Vietnam.” Nixon's central conception was that America should remain a power in the Pacific region and should help shape the political future of the Far East.

In Hitler's Service
by Lucy Dawidowicz
The ablest and “least corrupted” member of Hitler's court—thus did H. R. Trevor-Roper characterize Albert Speer, Hitler's architect and wartime Minister of Armaments.

Movie Chronicle
by William Pechter
From the moment Mick Jagger's fat lips form themselves inexpressively around the words, “This is how they shall remember me,” one knows one is in With-it Land.

Islands in the Stream, by Ernest Hemingway
by Stephen Donadio
Hemingway Islands in the Stream. by Ernest Hemingway. Scribners. 466 pp. $10.00. The second of Ernest Hemingway's books to be published posthumously, Islands in the Stream antedates the first from the point of view of composition by approximately ten years.

The New Reformation, by Paul Goodman
by Herbert Schneidau
The Prophet Confronted The New Reformation. by Paul Goodman. Random House. 208 pp. $5.95. Although he was a prophet of the youth movement, Paul Goodman's position now demands more sympathy than awe.

Arguments and Doctrines, edited by Arthur A. Cohen
by Michael Meyer
Jewish Theology Arguments and Doctrines: A Reader of Jewish Thinking in the Aftermath of the Holocaust. Selected with Introductory Essays by Arthur A.

Bech: A Book, by John Updike
by Cynthia Ozick
Ethnic Joke Bech: A Book. by John Updike. Knopf. 206 pp. $5.95. When some time ago in these pages Alfred Chester flicked Updike off as a magician of surfaces, I wrote in my head the imaginary counter-review: Updike as Late Church Father.

Reader Letters November 1970
by Alfred Kazin
The Rosenbergs TO THE EDITOR OF COMMENTARY: The two main points of Allen Weinstein's article ["Agit-Prop & the Rosenbergs," July] are that the Rosenbergs were guilty and that Freed's play is untruthful about this, and that all the char- acterizations in the play are over- simplified and tendentious.

December, 1970Back to Top
“The Green Berets”
by Our Readers
To the Editor: COMMENTARY's present effort to prove the lack of a generation gap in this country [“The Non-Generation Gap,” by S.

by Our Readers
To the Editor: The article by Dorothy Rabinowitz [“The Activist Cleric,” September], full of implicit assumptions and a barely disguised tone of mockery, seems to me to be more than merely an offense against “good taste.” Moreover, my distress has little to do with the fact that the objects of this “put-down” are clergymen.

For the Record
by Our Readers
To the Editor: In “Who Needs the Liberals?” [October], Penn Kemble reports an alleged conversation between me and Bella Abzug in which she is reputed to have said that she did not favor sanctuary in the U.S.

The Question of Arab Terrorism
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Shlomo Avineri [“The Palestinians and Israel,” June; Letters from Readers, September, November] is to be commended for calling attention to the fact that a considerable segment of the Israeli public both acknowledges and supports the legitimate desire of the Palestinian Arabs for political independence.

Social Policy
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Nathan Glazer's critical review of the first issue of Social Policy [Books in Review, August] is thoughtful, relatively fair, and very helpful to us at Social Policy.

Anti-Semitism of the Intellectuals?
by Our Readers
To the Editor: Reading the letters brought forth by the article on Matzpen [“The Middle East and the Intellectuals,” Letters from Readers, October] must be reassuring to Mr.

Pollution & Democracy
by Our Readers
To the Editor: As Lawrence Malkin [Books in Review, September] will doubtless agree, utopian cranks can be expected to take unconventional steps, such as occasionally reviewing the reviews of their own books.

The New Hypocrisies
by Norman Podhoretz
As David L. Bromwich (p. 55) suggests, the counter-culture, previously thought to be the way of life of a tiny minority of the “alienated” young at war with the attitudes and values of the general run of their own contemporaries, not to mention those of virtually all their elders, has now been accorded a kind of de jure diplomatic recognition by the United States government itself.

The Deadly Innocences of American Jews
by Earl Raab
In 1902, American Jews asked their government to protest the persecution of Jews in Rumania. The Roosevelt administration, having nothing to lose, sent such a protest on grounds that the persecuted refugees were fleeing to America.

The Counter-Culture and its Apologists:1 - An Epistle to the Americans
by Robert Nisbet
First, the politics of the matter. Is it possible to dislike Spiro T. Agnew and also dislike the Scranton Report?1 The answer is yes.

The Counter-Culture and Its Apologists:2 - Consciousness III
by Roger Starr
This past September the New Yorker published a long article, “The Greening of America,” by Charles A. Reich, associate professor at the Yale Law School, setting off thereby an extraordinary literary and political event.

The Counter-Culture and Its Apologists:3 - Lysergic Gotterdammerung
by David Bromwich
As everyone knows, the word “culture” carries with it several possible meanings. On one level it is concerned mainly with taste: a man “has culture” if he prefers the novels of Dostoevsky to The Music Man, and becomes really interesting when he rejects Dostoevsky in favor of Nabokov or Firbank.

Babysitting A Story
by Johanna Kaplan
This is one of the places where the Marshaks lived: a small stone cottage, probably whitewashed walls, outside some virgin sand and water the color of tinted sunglasses, maybe a clump or two of bougainvillaea, and as far as you might want to see, several endless fields of blinding red anemones. Theodore H.

Terrorism & Preventive Detention: The Case of Israel
by Alan Dershowitz
I sit in preventive detention. The reason, sir, is that I am an Arab. An Arab who has refused to sell his soul who has always striven, sir, for freedom. An Arab who has protested the suffering of his   people who has carried with him the hope for a just   peace, who has spoken out against death in every corner who has called for—and has lived—a fraternal   life. That is why I sit in preventive detention because I carried on the struggle and because I am an Arab. The author of these lines is Fawzi al-Asmar, a thirty-one-year-old Arab citizen of Israel.

The Topless Tower of Babylon
by Milton Himmelfarb
When the whole world had the same language and the same words . . . men said to one another, .

Sex and Armaggedon
by John Sisk
We are clearly caught up, and rather violently, in one of our periodic attempts to force the rhetoric of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” into the remotest corners of our national life.

The Coming Crisis in Western Sociology, by Alvin W. Gouldner
by Stanley Rothman
Objectivity The Coming Crisis in Western Sociology. by Alvin W. Gouldner. Basic Books. 528 pp. $12.50. In the social sciences, at least, no group of academics has been more sympathetic to the students of the New Left than have sociologists, and David Riesman has even contended that the profession has contributed in some measure to the development of the movement.

Class Struggle in the Pale, by Ezra Mendelsohn
by Irving Howe
Jewish Workingmen Class Struggle in the Pale. by Ezra Mendelsohn. Cambridge University Press. 180 pp. $8.50. Shortly after the Second World War, perhaps in response to the fact that the world of the East European Jews had been destroyed forever, there began to appear a certain interest among American intellectuals in the life of the shtetl.

In Quest of Justice: Protest and Dissent in the Soviet Union Today, edited by Abraham Brumberg
by Maurice Friedberg
Speaking Out in Russia In Quest of Justice: Protest and Dissent in the Soviet Union Today. by Abraham Brumberg. Praeger. 477 pp. $10.95. I have before me a petition, signed by some forty men and women, pleading for their right to return to the ancestral lands from which they had been driven twenty odd years ago.

Standing Fast, by Harvey Swados
by Lionel Abel
Our Time & The Left Standing Fast. by Harvey Swados. Doubleday. 656 pp. $8.95. One comes away from Harvey Swados's new novel with the impression that it was once the most natural thing in the world for normal and even conventional people—and people, by the way, without any notable political culture—to adhere to the Trotskyist political philosophy.

Reader Letters December 1970
by Nathan Glazer
Pollution & Democracy TO THE EDITOR OF COMMENTARY: As Lawrence Malkin [Books in Review, September] will doubtless agree, utopian cranks can be ex- pected to take unconventional steps, such as occasionally reviewing the reviews of their own books.

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