November 1950

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  • German Refugees

  • The American Writer and the European Tradition

  • The People of Great Russia: A Psychological Study

  • The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

  • Neurosis and Human Growth

  • The Simple Art of Murder

  • The Road to Pearl Harbor

  • Brave Company

  • This Month

  • How Football Died--Continued

  • Broadcast of the Game

  • Did You Write That?

  • "Le Coktel"

  • For an Old Scholar

  • Trap Line in Alaska

  • Niagara in a Teacup

  • Spanish Accent

    CONSTANCE URDANG was graduated from Smith College into war work in the Pentagon, and is now editing mail-order copy in New York.

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Australia

  • China

    “If the American public cannot agree on why we failed in China, we have little prospect of constructing an effective policy either toward China or for the rest of Asia.”So writes JOHN K. FAIRBANK, who had seven years experience in China before, during, and after the war. In 1942-1943 he was a Special Assistant to the American Ambassador at Chungking, and in 1945-1946 served as head of the OWI office in China. He is a Professor of History at Harvard and the author of The United States and China, published by the Harvard University Press.

  • Martha Graham

    A choreographer and dancer whose ballets in Oklahoma!, Bloomer Girl, Brigadoon, and Allegro have brought a new quality to the American stage. AGNES DE MILLE here pays artistic tribute to Martha Graham, the greatest in her profession. A New Yorker like her grandfather. Henry George, Miss de Mille decided to make the dance her life work after her graduation from the University of California. Louis Horst, her first accompanist, was also the accompanist and mentor of Martha Graham, and the three came to know each other in a “plain, folksy way,” meeting for dinner and movies occasionally, and always talking about the one thing that mattered.

  • Horace Q. Ball Lor Governor

    A Texas lawyer and a native son, DILLON ANDERSON of Houston is contributing to the Atlantic a series of short stories about two itinerant bums who operate strictly on a catch-as~catch-can basis. This story of their summer sashay into Texas politics is the fourth in the series. and there are more to come. In Texas, where, as everyone knows. Democratic nomination to state office is tantamount to election, the real contest occurs in July and August when the primaries are held. The general election in the fall is only a formality.

  • Business and Armament

    “Our conflict with Russia,” says SUMNER H. SLICHTER, “is not merely a competition in arms; it is fundamentally a contest in production —and a long-run contest” The article which follows is his constructive blueprint of what we must do to step up our production, and of what the domestic effects will be, assuming that our conflict with Russia stops short of total war. A nationally known economist. Mr. Slichter is the Lamont Professor at Harvard University.

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • Hitler's Secret Records: Unpublished Stenographic Reports of Hitler's Talks With His Generals

    Germany’s spectacular victories in Europe in 1940-1941 convinced Hitler that in his grasp of military and strategic questions he was far superior to his generals. When Holder, Chief of Staff, insisted that the armies be withdrawn from Stalingrad, he was dismissed. Such differences prompted Hitler to have male stenographers present at both daily conferences in his headquarters. The minutes of these conferences, with their intimate record of Hitler’ s intuition and ignorance, totaled sixty million words; the charred, fragmentary remains of the only surviving set were retrieved by Sergeant George Allen of the 101st Airborne Division. FELIX GILBERT, Professor of History at Bryn Mawr, has edited these secret records, which the Oxford University Press will publish under the title Hitler Directs His War. The first installment appeared in the October Atlantic.

  • The Ghost of Maiden Abbey

    One of Britain’s most able career diplomats, ARCHIBALD CLARK KERR, Lord Inverchapel, was Ambassador in Baghdad, 1935-1938, in China, 1938-1912, in Moscow, 1942-1945, and in Washington, 1946-1948. He entered the British diplomatic service in 1906, served in the Scots Guards in the First World War, and then with distinction in the Foreign Office. Now he has retired to his native heath in Scotland, where he farms and occasionally adds to his collection of true ghost stories. This is the second in the series he is writing for the Atlantic.

  • The Play

  • Sterilization

    Born in Lithuania, DR. ABRAHAM MEYERSON came to the United States as a young boy. He was educated in the Boston public schools and later worked as a streetcar conductor while studying in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia. He transferred to Tufts Medical School in 1906 and there came under the dynamic influence of Dr. Morton Prince. So began the study and research in neuropsychiatry which were to make him a leading psychiatrist in this country. His books, The Inheritance of Mental Diseases and Social Pyschology, were standard works, and in 1936 he wrote the first definitive report on eugenical sterilization. The Atlantic has drawn the following article from his posthumous book, Speaking of Man, to be published by Knopf in November.

  • How to Organize an Embassy

    After graduating from West Point, CHARLES W. HAYER resigned from the Army in order to prepare himself for a post in our Foreign Service. He went to Moscow to learn Russian, and there in 1934 he became one of the assistants of Ambassador Bullitt, his superiors being George Kennan and Charles Bohlen. In all he spent eight years in Russia; it was a time of more gaiety and less tension than today, as his experiences will show.

  • Morality and Religion

    GEORGE SANTAYANA, who will soon celebrate his eighty-seventh birthday, has brought to conclusion his profound, far-reaching new work, Dominations and Powers, a book begun in the thirties and carried on during the war years in his sanctuary, the Convent of the Blue Nuns, in Rome. The book is to be published by Scribner’s next spring, and from it the Atlantic has been privileged to draw a series of essays of which this is the first.

  • Tiger

  • Judy

    A Bostonian and an ardent sportsman who knows many of the best coverts for woodcock and partridge in New England, W. GORDON MEANS has spent countless happy hours training and working his bird dogs. In a reminiscent mood, he has made pen portraits of some of his favorites. From his collection we selected the story of Honey and Dave, two of his best, which we published in the Atlantic last fall, and now this pretty remembrance of Judy.

  • Art in a Friendly City

    This is the second of a series of articles on Painting and Sculpture in which critics, artists, curators, and con noisseurs will take part. FISKE KIMBALL has been Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 1925 and a mighty stimulus to the artists and collectors of that city. A Harvard graduate who took his Master of Architecture in 1912, Mr. Kimball is the author of American Architecture, The Creation of the Rococo, and Great Masterpieces of Painting in America, which he wrote in collaboration with Venturi.

  • The Far Lands

    For thirty years James Norman Hall has made his home in the South Seas. Over the years his imagination has continually been challenged by the question of hou the Polynesians ever came to these peaceful but remote islands. From his knowledge of the natives and their legends, he has recreated the epic story of the Tongon Clan, who were lovers of peace and who had gone to sea in their great outrigger canoes in search of the Far Lands promised them by Tané, the god they worshiped. After storm and starvation a remnant of the clan was driven ashore on Kurapo, an island peopled by the Koros, a clan who worshiped war and who would hare massacred the survivors were it not for the intervention of their high chief, Vaitangi, who gave the enfeebled strangers sanctuary on the eastern side of the island.

  • "You Can't Escape Autobiography": New Letters of Thomas Wolfe

    In the winter of 1932 a young Virginia writer, Julian R. Meade, proposed to do an article for the Bookman about his friend, Thomas Wolfe. He posted to Wolfe a series of leading questions touching on some of the more sensitive criticisms of Look Homeward, Angel,and Wolfe’s replies are characteristically revealing in their analysis of the autobiographical content of a novelist’s work. These letters to Julian Meade, who died in 1910, have been edited by his brother, ROBERT D. MEADE, Professor of History at RandolphMacon Woman’s College, and the author of Judah P. Benjamin, Confederate Statesman.

  • Generals and Ghosts

    This autumn two of our ranking generals in the Second World WarLieutenant General Robert Eichelberger, who began his combat experience in the pest-ridden jungle of Buna, and General Mark Clark, who scouted our North American campaign from a submarine in the Mediterranean —have published their invigorating reminiscences of the war as they saw it. For an appraisal of their volumes we turn to RICHARD E. DANIELSON, who set veil in Military Intelligence in both wars.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Books: The Editors Like

  • Reader's Choice

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