July 1949

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  • Germany

  • The Russian-American War

    The transcendent question facing the American people today is “What about Russia?" The Atlantic has invited the two leading writers on foreign and military affairs, WALTER LIPPMANN and HANSON W. BALDWIN,to discuss the situation realistically. Each has studied the possibility of war with Russia, each has weighed the cost and the alternative. Political economist and author whose widely read column has been syndicated by the New York Herald Tribune since 1932, Walter Lippmann has published three of his penetrating books under the AtlanlicLittle, Brown imprint: The Good Society (1937), U. S. Foreign Policy (1943), and U. S. War Aims (1944).

  • What Kind of War?

    HANSON W. BALDWINgraduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1924, and after serving aboard battleships and destroyers in the East Coast, Caribbean, and European squadrons, he resigned from the Navy in 1927 to devote full time to his writing. He joined the staff of the New York Times in 1929, was its military and naval correspondent (1937-1942), and has been its military editor since 1942, the year in which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He is the author of six books, the most recent being Strategy for Victorv and The Price of Power.

  • The "Coal Queen"

    RICHARD P. BISSELLis a young Harvard graduate who holds a pilot’s license on the Monongahela and the Mississippi, He learned the river first as deck hand, then as Hate, and finally as Pilot; he knows the river towns and what goes on when the barges and the towboat are tied up and the crew is up the bank. The Coal Queen was his first towboat as Pilot, and his account of his adventures aboard her in the upper reaches of the Monongahela has been selected by the Atlantic editors for one of the I Personally Awards.

  • The Major Intervenes

    England’s trading satirist , EVELYN WAUGHwas born in 1903 and educated at Oxford. After graduation he spent a year in London studying art, wrote a critical biography of Dante Gabriel Rossetti,and then embarked on those mordant and hilarious novels, Decline and Fall, Vile Bodies, and Black Mischief,which took English Society for such a ride as it had not enjoyed since Thackeray. Mr. Waugh served in the Commandos during the war, and the novel which he wrote on his return, Brideshead Revisited, marks a new power in his work.

  • The United Nations

  • Mrs. Macdowell and Her Colony

    Biographer, novelist, and lecturer of the homespun truth. ROLLO WALTER BROWN has written a series of memora - ble portraits in his most recent book, Harvard Yard in the Golden Age. Twenty-five years ago, when he was struggling to get his footing us a writer. Mr. Brown enjoyed the stimulating friendship of the MacDowell Colony. Out of that association and out of his abiding admiration for Mrs. MacDowell comes this tribute to a great American and the creative spirit which she has kept alive.

  • The Bee Hunter

    A bee hunter of fifty years experience. GEORGE HAROLD EDGELLis a man who really knows the sport. He learned his lore in the New Hampshire woods and has taught it to his sons. In the following article he gives the novice exciting advice on how to set up a beeline. Professor of Fine Arts at Harvard from 1925 to 1935, author, critic, and connoisseur. Mr. Edgell is today Director of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

  • On Love

    Shortly after leaving the University of Chicago. VINCENT SHEEAN set out on that long odyssey which he has described in his most popular book, Personal History. It was to lead him as a foreign correspondent to Europe and to Morocco as an observer of the Riffi; it was to show him the trouble brewing in Spain and in Munich which made him so certain that what we and the British were facing was Not Peace But a Sword, from 1942 to 1944, Mr. Sheean served with the Army Air Forces; at the war’s end he went for an extended visit to India. The Atlantic, which published several chapters of his Personal History, now welcomes his return.

  • The Engine and the Pool

  • We Don't Have to Starve

    A novelist turned agronomist and now an American farmer with a Cause, Louis BROMFIELDhas been rousing the conscience of this country in the fight for conservation. In his books Pleasant Valley and Malabar Farm, in his vigorous speeches from coast to coast, and most of all by the yields he has produced with modern methods on his own Ohio farm, he has shown that run-down, eroded acres can be transformed into fertile, productive fields.

  • The G-Note Road

    In Paris in 1919, JAMES NORMAN HALL,who had served as a machine gunner in “Kitchener’s Moband later as a pursuit pilot, collaborated with his friend Charles Nordhoff in writing the official history of the Lafayette Escadrille. This was the beginning of a literary partnership unique in American letters, which produced during their twenty rears residence in Tahiti a number of notable narratives of the sea, including Mutiny on the Bounty, Men Against the Sea, Pitcairn’s Island, and The Hurricane. “The dream of the G-Note Road,”Hall wrote us, “is no fiction. It has had an extraordinary influence on my life from the days of my childhood.”

  • The "Hood" and the "Bismarck": The Hunting of the "Bismarck"

    The sinking of the Bismarck was the most dramatic naval engagement in European waters. In the June Atlantic, we published the first phase: the detection of the Bismarck and its accompanying cruiser, the Prinz Eugen, as they left the Norwegian coast on May 21, and the head-on fight with the Hood squadron, in which the Hood, the most powerful ship in the British Navy, was sunk after only a few minutes of intense salvos. Our accounts of that battle and its sequel have been drawn from The Bismarck Episode, by CAPTAIN RUSSELL GRENFELL, R.N. — a book based on the testimony of almost every surviving officer and on the material in the captured German archives. The Bismarck Episode will be published by Macmillan.

  • They've Stolen My Plot!

    NEWMAN LEVY shows us that only the successful hooks and plays are victims of plagiarism suits: he also knows that there are two sides to the question of plagiarism (and in most cases a crank involved) for he is an author and a lawyer who has often gone to bat for other authors. His delightful hook of parodies, Opera Guide, has not vet been the subject of a tan suit.

  • The Fantastic Dreams

    Poet, playwright, and master of fantasy, LORD DUNSANYhas been writing for nearly half a century, and in that time he has helped more than one young writer to find his way into the Atlantic, the latest being Mary Lavin. the Irish novelist. Of his many and delightful books, we remember with special thanks The Book of Wonder, The King of Elfland’s Daughter, and My Talks with Dean Spanley.

  • Washington

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

  • This Month

  • Hens

  • Cheap Clothes for Fat Old Women

  • Bean Is My Shepherd

  • Blarney

  • Fragment

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