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A New York lawyer, THOMAS K. FINLETTERhas devoted the greater part of the past decade to public service and in that time has come to know as much about our air power as any man in the country. He was appointed Chairman of the President’s Air Policy Commission in 1947, and the report which he and his committee members made was one of the most exhaustive studies of our national defense ever made in time of peace. That report established quotas of air power which we badly needed when aggression broke out in Korea; it pointed the way for a new strategic policy which, as Secretary for the Air Force, Mr. Finletter himself had the opportunity to implement from 1950 to 1953.
A young English traveler and biographer, MICHAEL SWAN, now in his early thirties, free-lances where he pleases and writes about the people and places that invite his pen. He is the author of Ilex and Olive, a book descriptive of his peregrinations in France and Italy; of a short biography of Henry James; and of Temples of the Sun and Moon: A Mexican Journey, which has recently appeared in England. The portrait which follows was written in Spain,where he went in quest of new source material.
LYDIA DAVISof New Zealand followed her husband “Dr. Tom" back to his home island of Rarotonga and was his valiant ally during the six years of his uphill struggle as medical officer in the Cook Islands. When Dr. Tom had won through,the Davises sailed away on their dream ketch, the Miru, a 45-footer,bound for Boston where he had been offered a fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health. With their young sons and two deck hands,they crossed 12,000 miles of the Pacific in an epic voyage of 155 days. All this they tell in their joint biography, Doctor to the Islands, which has just been published under the Atlantic-Little,Brown imprint. That their life was not always one of strain and buffeting can be judged from the enchanting glimpses in Lydia’s short story.
Chairman B. Carroll Reece and his House Committee to Investigate Tax-Exempt Foundations are convinced that the great philanthropic foundations are part of a “diabolical conspiracy" to promote socialism in the United States. In May the committee began a series of hearings after Norman Dodd, research director of the committee, reported that a group of “little known" persons “have established tight control" over education and research. The country’s foremost economist, SUMNER H. SLICHTER, examines the Dodd report and shows why the committee decided to shut up shop, at least for the present.
American pioneer in industrial medicine, ALICE HAMILTON took her medical degree at the University of Michigan at a time when women doctors were as scarce as hen’s teeth, did graduate work in Germany and at Johns Hopkins, and then enlisted under Jane Addams at Hull-House. Her mission was the protection of workers in the dangerous trades. And her life, as she told it in her autobiography, Exploring the Dangerous Trades, is a valiant record of a twentieth-century pioneer. Dr. Hamilton now lives in retirement at Hadlyme, Connecticut.
JAMES YAFFEmade his first appearance in the Atlantic with his short story “Mr. Feldman" in January, 1949, when he was twenty-one years old. Since then he has had another story in the Atlantic and has published a collection of short stories and a first novel both in the United States and in England. His stories hare appeared in anthologies, and for three years in succession he has won a prize in the Ellery Queen Mystery Contest. His new novel, What’s the Big Hurry?, of which the following is an excerpt, is the story of a Chicago businessman; it will be published under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint this month.
In an ancient Cape Cod cottage, the Farm House, the walls of which were decorated by his uncle, the artist Frank W. Benson, DR. WYMAN RICHARDSONspent some fifty summers. Here he came to know the moods and ever-changing beauty of Nauset Beach and the great salt marsh within; here he developed his extraordinary knowledge of the shore birds; and here he guided his family and friends on happy expeditions for the striped bass or the blue crab. We shall miss his friendly presence in the Atlantic.
Poet, novelist, and teacher, HOWARD NEMEROV makes his home in Bennington, Vermont. His new novel Federigo: or, The Power of Love is to be published under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint this month. Two volumes of his poems have appeared and a third is promised for early in the new year. Mr. Nemerov was born in New York in 1920, and educated at Harvard. He served as a fighter pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the war, married an English wife, and from 1946 to 1951 was the editor of the literary magazine Furioso.
From England JOHN DAVENPORT, author, editor, and playwright,contributes this memoir of his friend Norman Douglas, the iconoclastic Scot best known for his wry fantasy, South Wind. The eclectic Douglas, ”one of the last Europeans,”diplomat, lawyer, zoologist, traveler, and author of twenty books, is here presented as a figure of brilliant and almost baffling variety. He appears, also, as an Epicurean who scorned idealism and loved reality with an energy which never flagged.