Morality in American Politics

by George A. Graham. Random, $3.50.
After all the denunciations and cries of “Thief!" that have been bandied about Washington lately, it is a relief to read this careful analysis of the ethical principles on which our country was founded and of the reasons why these principles do not always function in the practical operation of our government. These reasons are many and complicated, ranging from carelessness through public indifference to outright villainy. The author’s theories are supported with such a mass of detail that the reader is likely to end by wondering gratefully how it happens that things are no worse. Professor Graham would be distressed by such a reaction to his book, for he abhors misconduct and clearly hopes that an understanding of where temptations lurk in political life will lead to the removal of some sources of temptation.