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One pound of uranium carries more releasable energy than 1500 tons of coal, and the solar energy that reaches the earth in a single day is equivalent to that released by two million Hiroshima A-bombs. Better control of these and other forms of energy is basic to man's progress.
Chief foreign correspondent for the London News Chronicle, JAMES CAMERON is one of the first Western observers since 1949 to travel freely in Red China. He covered 6000 miles, accompanied by Communist guides, and when he tived of seeing what they wanted him to see, his stubbornness brought him other encounters and observations still more revealing. His objective account of what is going on inside Communist China he has set forth in his book, Mandarin Red, to be published this fall by Rinehart, and from it the Atlantic will draw two installments.
A graduate of Exeter and Harvard, RICHARD BlSSELLknows our inland waterways — the Ohio, the Monongahela, and the Mississippi (on all of which he worked as a mate or a pilot) — as well as Mark Twain knew them. From this river experience came the source material for his first novel, A Stretch on the River. He is the coauthor of The Pajama Game, a highly successful musical comedy based on his second novel, 7½ Cents; and his third, High Water, made its debut last autumn under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint.
The uncanny ability of Fiorello La Guardia to get out the vote — on his side — made him a nonesuch in New York politics. An avowed foe of Tammany and corruption, he was the most successful reformer of his day. ”The Little Flower was a Big Man,” writes ERNEST CUNEO, the young law student who was his secretary. ”But he never forgot to value every vote as though it were a marquise emerald.“ The article which follows, illuminating the La Guardia campaign techniques, is drawn from Life with Fiorello, to be published this fall by Macmillan.
During his fifteen years as Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, FRANCIS HENRY TAYLOR rose to be one of the most outspoken and influential figures in the world of art. Now as Director Emeritus of the Metropolitan and Director of the Worcester Art Museum he returns to New England and to a regime which will afford him time for writing as well as for his administrative duties.
The son of a famous French physiologist, JEAN MAYER came to the United States before the war to pursue his studies; but the war called him home, and as a Gaullist he fought for five years with the Free French forces. He got a Ph.D. at Yale Medical School in 1948, a D.Sc. from the Sorbonne, and in 1950 joined the faculty of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, where his studies on obesity have attracted wide attention. This is the last of three articles by Dr. Mayer.
Paeans of praise from labor and angry expostulations from the National Association of Manufacturers bave followed the new agreements between the United Automobile Workers of America and Ford and General Motors. But, in the long run, what are likely to be the effects of these negotiations on the American economy? We turn for an evaluation to SUMNER H. SLIGHTER, Lamont University Professor at Harvard.
Teacher, boigrapher, and historian, whose roots go deep in New England, SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON has earned an international reputation with his books about the sea, notably The Maritime History of Massachusetts and his definitive life of Columbus, Admiral of the Ocean Sea. In 1912 he was appointed historian of the U.S. Naval Operations in World War II, an assignment from which he retired in 1951 with the rank of Rear Admiral. He is now at work on Volume 10 of his naval history, The Atlantic Battle won, and we believe that he also has in contemplation the biography of John Paul Jones.