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From the December 1945 issue

Elsie Dinsmore’s New Problem A Sea Between. by Lavinia R. Davis. New York, Doubleday, Doran, 1945. 266 pp. $2.00. This Item belongs to those sub-literary “girls’ books” which year...

Does the concept [of social ethics] not contain a redundancy? Can there ever be a morality that does not rest on the social relations of...

Power Politics Triumphs Crossroads of Two Continents: A Democratic Federation of Eastcentral Europe. by Feliks Gross. New York, Columbia University Press, 1945. 162 pp. $2.00. When this book was...

A Preview of Democracy Democracy in America. by Alexis De Tocqueville. A new edition, edited Knopf. 1945. Vol. 1, 434 pp. Vol. 11, 401 pp. $6.00. What Europeans have...

All this began one Saturday afternoon in Edinburgh, some weeks after the war ended in Europe, when I walked out to Holyrood Park. It was a...

Four Novels The Journey Home. by Zelda Popkin. New York, J. B. Lippincott Co., 1945. 224 pp. $2.50. The Lonely Steeple. by Victor Wolfson. New York, Simon and Schuster, 1945. 260...

The strenuous life does not seem to have left its mark on David Gordin. A Webster panatella, half of which he chews rather than smokes,...

Much has been written about George Gershwin; but almost nothing about his music. Version after version of his life appears, and in each he is...

An Objective Postwar Guide Jews in the Post-War World. by Max Gottschalk and Abraham G. Duker. New York, The Dryden Press, 1945. 224 pp. $3.00. Of all peoples who...

Chagall’s Achievement Marc Chagall. by Lionello Venturi. New York, Pierre Matisse Editions, 1945. $10.00. Marc Chagall has been associated so intimately with the culture of Eastern Jewry that his...

Out of the question “What next?” posed by the last years of the Third Reich and the events following its collapse, has been born the...

Peace by the threat of scientific destruction is a fairly new idea, but older than H. G. Wells who got the credit for it in...

My Aunt Pia, my father’s sister, died at the age of seventy-eight, surviving her husband by twenty years. Three weeks before her death she ordered...

The editors of COMMENTARY recently invited a number of the leading men of thought in America and Europe to address themselves to a subject which...

Private Communication The Facts of Life. by Paul Goodman. New York, The Vanguard Press, 1945. 261 pp. $2.50. A gifted, spoiled child has certain magnificent charms which are denied...

The Future of Europe’s Jews Within a few months after the end of the most destructive war in history, realists talked casually about the possibility of...

Eliahu Hakim and Eliahu Bet-Zouri are figures in a tragic history. The two Jewish youths—the one 18, the other 22—who assassinated Lord Moyne, British Minister...

The Value of Neurosis The Neurologist’s Point of View: Essays on Psychiatric and other Subjects. by I.S. Wechsler, M.D. New York, L.B. Fischer,1945. 251 pp. $3.00. This collection of...

Sociologists are finally heeding the injunction, “Physician, heal thyself.” After having subjected social strata ranging from hoboes to the Four Hundred to sociological analysis, they...

Both the philosophy and program of reconstructionism have evidently proved challenging. However, the considerable recent discussion of the meaning of Reconstructionism has not been as...

Only Half the Story The Wisdom Of Israel. by Lewis Browne. New York, Random House, 1945: 748 pp. $3.95. Authors and the public love anthologies, and the market is...
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December 1945