January 1956

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  • Lung Cancer and Smoking: What We Really Know

    The American Cancer Society has already spent more than half a million dollars on its research on lung cancer, and the Board of Directors recently authorized a second half-million dollars with which to carry forward the investigations. In the article which follows, Dr. Charles S. Cameron, Medical and Scientific Director of the Society, summarizes the important evidence thus far and gives an answer to those who still deny that an association between smoking and lung cancer does exist.

  • Kenya

  • France

  • With the Gurkhas: Adventure on India's Frontier

    An Englishman whose family has lived in India for four generations, JOHN MASTERS was born in Calcutta and observed the family tradition by serving for fourteen years in the British Army, in the course of which he teas awarded the DSO. In 1948 he moved to this country and made his first appearance in the Atlantic — “a success,” he says, “which encouraged me to persevere.” With his first novel, Nightrunners of Bengal, he took command of a large audience, and each new book thereafter has added to his popularity. This is the second installment from Bugles and a Tiger, which Viking will publish this month, an autobiography showing as never before the kinship between the British officer and his Gurkha troops.

  • The Kremlin

  • The President and National Security

    The National Security Council came into being less than ten years ago; it is, as DILLON ANDERSON says, ”a relatively new mechanism in our Government,” and one which has been greatly amplified under President Eisenhower. In the article which follows, Mr. Anderson gives us an objective ,reassuring account of how it Junctions today. A Houston lawyer who served in the Army under Secretary Slimson during World War 11, Mr. Anderson is today Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. His predecessor in that office Robert Cutler, and Charles A. Haskins helped to adapt this material from a speech delivered before the Dallas Council on World Affairs.

  • The Child Whose Name Is Love

  • In the Ukraine--1955

    In the summer of 1955 EDWARD CRANKSHAW, the English author, flew over for his first visit to Russia in eight years. He had hern there three times before, and from his experiences in Moscow during the war and after had come his two authoritative volumes, Russia and the Russians and Cracks in the Kremlin Wall. Now once again doors were unbarred and he was free to look about, to talk with people, and to male comparisons with the past,

  • Rat Trap

    In engineer who studied at Harvard and the University of Tulsa, JOSEPH WHITEHILL two years ago turned to full-time writing. Waved by his Nary memories arul by his respect for the tvorh oj Joseph Conrad. Mr. Whitchill wrote a sea story called “Able Bakerwhich icon an Atlantic “First” award and is being reprinted in the 0. Henry Prize Stories, 1956. The following narrative is another high point in the life of Able Baker.

  • Negro Neighbors

    For some years HANNAH LEES has been conducting a quiet inquiry into the reception of Negro families who have been moving into Northern communities, and her findings as disclosed in the article which foliates are disturbing to say the least. In private life she is Elizabeth H. Fetter, the wife of a Philadelphia internist, the mother of two teen-agers, a teacher of Experimental Writing at Brvn Mater College, and one of nine unpaid members of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.

  • Scientist and Humanist: Can the Minds Meet?

    An American who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1944 It for his work in nuclear physics, I. I. RABI is today Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission .It is Dr. Raid’s Indie) that science is no longer communicable to the great majority of educated laymen and that we cannot attain wisdom as long as the two great branches of human knowledge ,the sciences and (he humanities, remain separate.

  • Dubuque to London

    A male and navigator on the inland waterways, a graduate of Phillips Exeter and of Harvard, RICHARD BISSELL moved out of a pajama factory in Iowa into national prominence when the musical comedy, The Pajama Game, which was drawn from his book, 7½ Cents, hit Broadway. Recently he went to London to help with the opening of the London production, and here are his impressions.

  • Gilbert Murray at Ninety

    Author, philosopher, and hero worshiper in the Carlylean sense, LUCIEIV PRICE is a Bostonian who over the years has held a special veneration for Remain Holland, Jean Sibelius, Gilbert Murray, Sir Richard Livingstone, and Alfred North Whitehead. In two of his boohs, We Northmen and Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead, he has paid tribute to this celebrated quintet. Now in the essay which follows he sends our birthday greetings to the greatest of the living classicists.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

  • Accent on Living

  • Genius Wanted

    JEAN THRASHERis a young Atlantan who got her degree at Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia, in 1954 and is note doing graduate work at Northwestern University.

  • Otto

    An editor for J. B. Lippincott Company, GEORGE STEVENS divides his time between Philadelphia and New York, and has contributed to our Accent on Living pages in the past.

  • My Own War Memoirs

    T. S. WATT gave up banking for journalism and now devotes full time to his writing. Although he served in the Royal Air Force during the war, he reports that his only excitement of that period came when he sat down on an Air Vice-Marshal in the darkness of a movie theater.

  • Even in Your Doggerel

  • Record Reviews

  • Off-Season Travel on the Continent

  • The Off Months in England

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