August 1948

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  • Henry Wallace: A Divided Mind

    A native of Colorado who entered Amherst with the Class of 1918, GARDNER JACKSON started what he calls his checkered career, after getting out of the Army in the First World War, as a bond salesman. Then came newspaper work in Denver, Boston, and Washington and his passionate defense of Sacco and Vanzetti. Mr. Jackson was Assistant Consumers' Counsel for the AAA (1933-1935); Washington representative for the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (1935-1936); legislative representative for John L. Lewis (1936-1940); special assistant to the Secretary and the Under Secretary of Agriculture (1941-1942); co-organizer of Food for Freedom, Inc. (1943-1944); assistant to the president and board of the National Farmers Union (1945-1947).

  • I’d Do It Again

    When an Associated Press correspondent broke an embargo to report news of the German surrender in World War II, he was pilloried for it. Three years later, he justified his decision in The Atlantic.

  • Reader's Choice

  • We Need Not Fail

  • Listening With the Third Ear

  • When This You See Remember Me: Gertrude Stein in Person

  • George Eliot

  • The Far East

  • Europe

  • Wallace's Campaign Manager Replies to Gardner Jackson

  • Subversive of What?

    Historian and editor who has been at the head of the Princeton University Library since 1940, JULIAN P. BOYD is a Southerner whose firm conviction it is that Americans have enough strength of mind to resist subversive doctrine when they see it in print. His avocation for the next decade is to edit in some fifty volumes the definitive edition of Thomas Jefferson’s papers, a work to be published by the Princeton University Press under a grant of $200,000 from the New York Times Company. Mr. Boyd has written several historical works, among them a volume on the evolution of the text of the Declaration of Independence.

  • Interpreting Music

    This autumn SERGE KOUSSEVITZKY begins his twenty-fifth year as conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in time and in performance an incomparable record. To his genius as an interpreter of music, he has added the gifts of a great teacher. When he came to this country from Europe, he brought with him the hope of founding an American center of music, a place where young musicians could forgather for stimulus and instruction, and where music lovers could listen in the relaxation of their holidays. The Berkshire Festival, where he is at present conducting the Boston Symphony, is this dream come alive.

  • Can Israel Help the Arabs?

    A Mississippian who graduated from Yale, DAVID L. COHN is a free lance who writes with authority on subjects close to his heart. In God Shakes Creation, he wrote of the relations between Negro and white, with a skill which drew the high praise of Sinclair Lewis. He has written about the tariff, about love in America, about Anglo-American relations, and feelingly about anti-Semitism. In 1944-1945, at the behest of General Somervell, Mr. Cohn made an extended trip through the Far and Middle East and saw at first hand the amity between Jew and Arab which despite the recent ruction will, he believes, be a binding force in the Palestine of the future.

  • Train to Moose Factory

    The SON of a former Canadian lumberman, JOHN J. ROWLANDS took to the woods at an early age. For six years he prospected for gold in upper Ontario and Quebec; and Porcupine, Cobalt, and Hudson Bay are places he knows by heart. After prospecting came newspaper work with the United Press, and then his present administrative duties at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Put when the old call to the northlands becomes irresistible he joins forces with his friend Henry P. Kane, and together they head for Canada. Out of their trips have come that resourceful, vivid book Cache Lake Country, and writing as finely descriptive as this.

  • The Honeyed Peace

    An American novelist who has done much of her writing on the Continent, MARTHA GELLHORN wrote her first novel in Paris at the age of twenty-three. As a correspondent she covered the Civil War in Spain, Munich, Czechoslovakia, Finland, and the war in China before Pearl Harbor. During World War II, she reported from England, Italy, France, Holland, and Germany. Her new novel will be published by Scribner in October.

  • South Africa

  • Of These the Infinite

  • Night in Buck Hollow

  • The Beech and the Pigeon

    A native of Chicago, DONALD CULROSS PEATTIE came East to study botany at Harvard in 1919. Following his graduation he worked for three years as Assistant Plant Introducer in the Department of Agriculture. Then he began the writing which was to make him one of the widest read naturalists of our day. His books, An Almanac for Moderns, Singing in the Wilderness (the life of John James Audubon), Green Laurels, and his autobiography, The Road of a Naturalist, have made him many friends. He is now completing American Trees of the Northern States, of which the Atlantic has published two chapters, on the elm and now on the beech.

  • Death's Jester: (t.l.b., 1803-1849)

  • English Traits: One Hundred Years Later

    On a leave of absence from Columbia University, HENRY STEELE COMMAGERduring the past year was the Visiting Professor of American History at Cambridge University, and during his months abroad he found himself comparing the English Traits described by Emerson with those of John Bull in the twentieth century. Dr. Commager collaborated with Samuel Eliot Morison in writing The Growth of the American Republic, and is the editor of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and The Rise of the American Nation.

  • A Man Named Flute

    A veteran, now in his twenty-fifth year, who is thinking and writing in terms of peace, JOSEPH HELLER is a senior at New York University, where he is majoring in English and producing short stories which in our judgment give very real promise. During the war he flew sixty missions as a bombardier with the 12th Air Force in Italy and France. The urge to write was then in his mind, and now he is doing it. Mr. Heller’s first published story, “Castle of Snow,” appeared in the March Atlantic.

  • Second Sowing

  • Laughter in the Next Room

  • Washington

  • This Month

  • Dubious Panegyric

    Besides goats, the main products of RIXFORD KNIGHT’S farm at Jamaica, Vermont, are asparagus, raspberries, and maple syrup.

  • On--Within Reason--With the Dance

  • Three Frosted Drinks

  • The Sinking of the Well

    Distinguished for his teaching, research, and wartime work in the field of optics, GEORGE R. HARRISON is Dean of Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Chairman of the American Institute of Physics.

  • The Gentleman

    HOWARD HAYES has worked on newspapers in Detroil and Paris and is now living in New York.

  • Radio Plugger's Wife

  • Did Roosevelt Start the War? History Through a Beard

    Navigator, historian, and teacher. SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON has been instructor, lecturer, and Professor of History at Harvard since 1915. In 1942, he was appointed historian of the United States naval operations in the Second World War with the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and in the years following, he was a participant in and witness of many of the great operations. His access to men and documents and his close study of that crucial period mark him as one well qualified to challenge Charles A Beard’s accusation that President Roosevelt was responsible for the Second World War.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

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