December 1951

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  • New Books for Children

    MARGARET FORD KIERAN was Children’a Page Editor of the Ponton Herald for twentythree gears. She is the author of a juvenile entitled David and the Magic Powder.

  • Accent on Living

  • Mime the Metallurgist

    R. P, LISTER is a young English free lance with oddly enough &emdash;considerable experience in metallurgy, He is a regular contributor of light verse to the Atlanticand to Punch.

  • The Badgering Hound

    WEARE HOLBROOK has written many light articles for news syndicates and magazines. A former Iowan, he now lives in Hartsdale, New York.

  • Record Reviews

  • Soviet Planning

  • The Porto Game

    Born in England and now living in Boston, DIGGORY VENN was a press officer with the Marines in the Pacific, a news reporter in San Francisco, and more recently has been investigating circulation opportunities in Europe for American magazines.

  • Who Spouses Whom?

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Norway and Denmark

  • Guided Missiles Could Have Won

    In the winter of 1942, Allied Intelligence became increasingly troubled about the reports of the Germon secret weapons. Now, in the aftermath, we have uncovered the fantastic development of the German V-bombs, which might have won a German victory. JOSEPH WARNER ANGELA served as a historical officer with the Army Air Faces during the war; he was on the proving ground during the CROSSBOW experiments; and after the war he personally interviewed the German experts who had been in charge of the rockets. His article, which will appear in two issues, is based on material drawn from Volume III of The Army Air Forces in World War II. published by the University of Chicago Press. This history, officially approved by the USAF. is a collaborative undertaking directed by Colonel W. J. Paul of the Research Studies Institute, Air University.

  • Christmas-Ship Or, the Art of Giving and Receiving

    The problem of Yuletide, saysSTEPHEN POTTER,is how to outgive the other fellow without spending either too much time or loo much money on a present. In his book Gamesmanship or, The Art of Winning Games Withhout Actually Cheating, Mr. Potter scored one of the most laughable triumphs in dead-pan writing. The Editor of the Atlantic was one of the many who urged the author on to further research, and as a result Mr. Potter came up with his second best-seller, Lifemanship or, How To Get Away With It Without Being An Absolute Plonk.

  • Anastasia Island

  • The Moral Challenge of Communism

    ”We must recognize” writes BARBARA WARD,“that during the epoch of the Marshall Plan, the Communists in Europe were at a loss for a moral weapon. Now, in the period of rearmament, it is the moral issue which they are making the center of their campaign.”Miss Ward, formerly the Foreign Editor of the London Economist, has been living for the past year in Australia. She trill soon set out on a trip round all the states of the Commonwealth, taking with her the half-completed manuscript of her new book, the theme of which, she tells us, is that “freedom and moral choice hare never been the soft option.

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • The Renovated Temple

  • Junior, Drop That Japanese Toy!

    A Southerner and a graduate of Yale, DAVID L. COHN scored a solid success in the retail trade of New Orleans beore he became a free-lance writer. His books include Picking America’s Pockets, a volume about our tariff policy’; Where I Was Born and Raised, a study of race relations; a tear diary covering some 10.000 miles with American troops: and two volumes of a lighter nature, The Good Old Days and Love in America.

  • Baked Buildings

    “What is the idea of financing these baled buildings?” asks WILLIAM ZECKENDORF. “These buildings that look like everything that teas ever built before. Why perpetuate such monstrosities?” Mr. Zeckendorf, who is the President of Webb & Knapp, one of the leading real-estate developers in the country, with headquarters in New York, raised these questions and then went on to give his provocative answer in a talk he made (without notes) before the faculty and students of the Harvard University School of Design. Thanks to a tape recording, the Atlantic is able to preserve a very shrewd piece of American philosophy.

  • What Is Chic?

    We are indebted to Evelyn Waugh for this thumbnail sketch of NANCY MITFORD, whose latest novel, The Blessing, was the Book-of-theMonth Club selection for November. “She is the first of the long line of daughters of Lord Redesdale . . . all beautiful and wildly individual. . . . Nancy received no education at all except in horsemanship and French. Liverish critics may sometimes detect traces of this defect in her work. But she wrote and read continually and has in the end achieved a way of writing so light and personal that it can almost be called a ‘style.’”With her husband, the Hon. Peter Rodd, the explorer, she now lives in the heart of Paris.

  • Europe's Faith in American Fiction

    The contemporary American writers have made an impact on Europe comparable to the one created by Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Chekhov, says PERRY MlLLER. Professor of American Literature at Harvard, Mr. Miller writes from close observation of the academic world of Western Europe. He was visiting lecturer at the University of Leiden, and he spoke at many other institutions in Holland, Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Italy.

  • The Hut

    In the autumn of 1935 the Editor of the Atlantic dropped in at a literary agent’s office on his way to the Grand Central. “I want something to read on the train to Boston,” he said. “What have YOU got?" “Here is a short story from London.”said the agent, “by a new writer with a most improbable name, but they say he is good.”The story was “The Salvation of Pisco Gabor byGEOFFREY HOUSEHOLD,one of the best he ever wrote, and on the strength of it the Atlantic bought every new story that came from him in the next twelve months. They still come and they still are good. A novelist who served in Intelligence in the Middle East, Mr. Household is the author of The Third Hour, Hogue Male, Arabesque, and A Time to Kill.

  • Dance to the Piper

  • Chambre d'Amis

    DONALD MOFFAT, a veteran of both wars, fell in love with France when he was driving for the American Field Service in 1916. For a time between the tears he and his wife and their daughters resided in Senlis, Paris, and Pontic, an experience he has written of with charm and gaiety in his book The Mott Family in France. Last year they went bach againthe first time they bad seen Paris since the Liberationand the reunion marked the beginning of a new series of papers for the Atlantic, of which this is the third.

  • The Changes at Yale

    In his first book, God and Man at Yale, WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY, JR., has declared that the net impact of Yale education is collectivist and agnostic. His book was severely criticized by .McGeorge Bundy in the November Atlantic; now Mr. Buckley has the floor. A graduate of the class of 1950’ he was described by his class historian in these words: The most outspoken News chairman in 70 years, [he] neatly undercut tolerance, tomfoolery, and everything to the left of Senator Taft.”

  • McGeorge Bundy Replies

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

  • Life in America

  • A Breeze of Morning

  • This Man and This Woman

  • The Hour

  • The American Oxford Atlas

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