June 1948

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  • American in the Making

  • Peace Is Still Possible

    “If the UN is not strengthened in time to avert war, a long night of ignorance and brutality will descend upon our ingenious species. Neither we nor our children's children will live to see the faint light of a new dawn.”

  • Capital Punishment

    A 1948 look at capital punishment

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • The Spinning Rod

  • Reader's Choice

  • France: Paris and the Provinces

  • Man for Himself

  • The Concert Companion

  • Portraits of Places

  • Journey Into Faith

  • Latin America

  • India

  • Hunting Undersea

    Ever since his graduation from Harvard in 1922, OTIS BARTON has been interested in the pursuits of a naturalist, Working in association with Dr. William Beebe he became proficient as a diver and a collector of undersea specimens, especially in the waters of the West Indies. He served on a rocket ship during the tear and saw action in the Philippine Campaign. At the war’s end he realized a long-held ambition when he made a one-man expedition to the Great Barrier Beef of Australia, where the following experiences took place.

  • No Safety in Numbers

    Instead of Universal Military Training with its costly burden and its vague objectives, LT. GEN. ROBERT C. RICHARDSON, JR. (RET.), a West Point graduate who held the Middle Pacific command during the war and who trained twenly divisions for combat mostly in the Pacific, describes his forthright plan for providing us with the leaders we need.In any emergency,” he says, the crying need is for civilian officers who are well trained.Here is how we can get them and at less than half the cost of Universal Military Training.

  • Someone at the Door

  • Can't Spell, Can't Read

    “Language disability” says DR. J. ROSWELL GALLAGHER, rhandicaps one boy in ten and is a common cause of failure in school” Dr. Gallagher received his A. B. from Yale University in 1925 and his M.D. in 1930. After serving his internships he became interested in adolescents, including “left readers” with their specific language disabilities. Since 1934 he has been the school doctor at Phillips Academy, Andover; there his three assistants have succeeded in bringing up to the mark many boys who, bright in other subjects, were behind in their use of language.

  • A Living Saint: Rabbi Baeck

    This portrait of a great spiritual leader by RABBI JOSHUA LOTH LIEBMAN of Temple Israel, Boston, author of Peace of Mind, is the result of a friendship which began in books and which came to life. Rabbi Baeck now serves as the President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, with headquarters in London. He came to America in January to tour the country in behalf of two great institutions of liberal Judaism: the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Hebrew Union College. Rabbi Liebman shared the platform with Rabbi Baeck in Philadelphia and in Boston, and spent many friendly hours with the famous liberal Jewish teacher.

  • Six Months Is No Long Time

    A native of California now in his early thirties, LEON WILSON has tried his hand at a variety of jobs ranging from slapping lids on sardine cans to educational work in Tennessee, where, incidentally, he picked up the material for this short story. His writing was first confined to the screen scripts of Hollywood, but now in Manhattan he gives full time to his fiction. This is his first story, and indubitably there will be more.

  • Italy

  • Capital Punishment

    A dramatist who laughs at time, GEORGE BERNARD SHAW has had three plays in production on Broadway this past season. Mr. Shaw was born in Dublin in July, 1856, and these are the dates which stand out in his record: 1876, when he captured London for life; 1884, when he became the leading spirit of the Fabian Society; 1898, when he was married; and 1925, when he received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

  • Song for the Local Apocalypse

  • The Iron We Need

    A graduate and Overseer of Harvard University, CLARENCE B. RANDALL is Vice-President of the Inland Steel Company and widely recognized for his authoritative knowledge of the iron deposits here and abroad. Aroused by the report that the high-grade ores were being exhausted in the Mesabi range, Mr. Randall, at the Atlantic’s invitation, carried out an unsparing survey of our iron resources, with results which are decidedly reassuring to every American with an interest in our heavy industry.

  • Houlihan's Surrender

    A veteran of the 26th Infantry Division (the old Yankee Division), JAMES MCCONKEY is now working for his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. “I am working on a novel and living in a 25-foot trailer, and am not sure which has diminished my personality more. . . . I hope to have a dual teaching-and-writing career, a combination more and more people seem to be attempting these days. The man Houlihan evolved from my interest in Joyce, Frank O’Connor. Yeats, and my own grandparents.”

  • For Heaven's Sake

    Since my father and two of my three brothers are ministers,” writes HANNAH SMITH, “and since my husband is a high school teacher, my life has been spent mainly in an atmosphere of high idealism and low budgets. I was brought up in a succession of parsonages in Illinois, Nebraska, Arizona, Colorado, and California, and attended a small church college where I met my husband, the best argument I know for coeducation

  • Arabesque

    In 1941 Armande Hemet the attractive wife of a British petty officer in the Atlantic service, finds herself the object of considerable suspicion in Syria. Her British passport is only a partial defense against the mistrust of British Field Security, represented here by the persistent Sergeant Prayle.
    Wishing to identify herself with the war, Armande accepts a commission from David Nachmias of the Jewish Agency, who wants her to persuade Sheikh Wadiah to sell to the British the machine guns which he has been deviously collecting. Armande visits the Sheikh’s mountain village in the Lebanon, where she charms the chieftain out of his arsenal.
    Armande does not realize that her coup comes as a complete surprise to both Captain Fairfather of British Field Security and Major Montagne of the Free French, who captured the receipt for the guns but not the weapons. Sergeant Armande. He discovers her working as a secretary in the British headquarters in Jerusalem. He believes in her innocence, but Armande knows that the higher-ups are suspicious of her.
    Armande’s colonel sacks her without explanation, ana when she protests indignantly to headquarters, Captain Fairfather tells her that she has been black-listed because the machine guns for which she negotiated were actually delivered to the Jewish National Home. He says that her only chance for security — and a new job lies in Cairo.
    Armande is desperate enough to try anything. She teams up with a Rumanian cabaret girl, Floarea Pitescu, in a somewhat undressed dance act at the Casino. When Sergeant Prayle surprises her in her routine, she discovers that she is very glad to see him. He tells her that the British will want to enlist, her for espionage if Rommel breaks through. Late in the evening they drive out to the Nile, and his passionate need of her sweeps away her resistance.

  • This Month

  • Hither and Fro

  • The Gold Hoarders

    ARMAND DE RICHELIEU, who divides his time between France and New York, looks with considerable skepticism on recent attempts by the French government to diminish gold hoarding. To invite hoarders to turn in their gold on the promise that only one fourth of it will be '’amputated” seems to him naive.

  • Washington

  • Elderberry Butter

  • Red Beard in the Morning

    ROBERT FONTAINE has served a varied apprenticeship; he wrote radio scripts for Joe Cook, worked on the staff of WLW and the Mutual network, was a Washington correspondent, and then started to free-lance, He lives in Springfield, Massachusetts.

  • Salty Acres

  • A Cook Is Born

    GILES PLAYFAIR is the Accent on Living author who likes singing commercials but who is never quite able to catch the name of the product they advertise (December Atlantic). A former London barrister, he is now living in New Canaan, Connecticut.

  • Plumbing in Portuguese

    After teaching in aircraft training schools during the war, PENELOPE CRANE spent a year in Brazil teaching Brazilian Air Force mechanics. She is now a case worker with the Erie County Department of Social Welfare, and lives in Buffalo, New York.

  • Stimson and Hull: A Study in Contrasts

    “Two men of such single-minded devotion to their country’s service could scarcely differ in their attitudes more widely than Mr. Stirnson and Mr. Hull,” writes JAMES H. POWERS. Foreign Editor of the Boston Globe, Mr. Powers has written many farsighted editorials during the twenty-five years in which he has shared the mantle of “Uncle Dudley.” Educated in the Needham public schools and at Boston University, from which he graduated in 1915, he is a frequent contributor to the Atlantic and is the author of Years of Tumult (1918-1932).

  • Moby Dick

    When W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM was asked to select and edit the ten best novels in world literature, he chose three novels from France, two from Russia, one from America, and four from England, and for each book he wrote an introduction. In successive issues the Atlantic has published his appraisal of Flaubert, Fielding. Balzac, Emily Bronte, Dostoevsky, Stendhal, and Jane Austen. The set of the Ten Best Novels, edited and cut by Mr, Maugham, will be published by the John C. Winston Company this Year.

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