February 1957

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  • How Good Is the Polio Vaccine?

    Ever since the dramatic proclamation of the Salk vaccine, Americans have been asking, What will this do for my child? Can I trust it? These are the questions which Dr. Rustein sets out to answer.

  • Schussing A Few Decades

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • Cyprus

  • What Russian Students Think

    Professor of Government and member of the Executive Committee of the Russian Research Center at Harvard, MERLE FAINSODhas long been a student of Russian society. lie is the author of flow Russia Is Ruled (795.3), a comprehensive study of Soviet governmental structure. Last fall he made his first trip to Russia since his initial sojourn there in 1932-1933, and as he speaks Russian it was natural that he should spend most of his time talking with university students and professors. His article is based on extracts from his journal.

  • Are Living Costs Out of Control?

    JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH took his B.S. at the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. at the University of California. llis teaching at Princeton and at Harvard, where he has been Professor of Economics since 1919, has been interspersed with government service; he was Deputy Administrator of the OP A in 1912 and in 1916 Director of the Office of Economic Security Policy. He is the author of several books, including American Capitalism (which has just appeared in a new edition), A Theory of Price Control, and The Great Crash, 1929.

  • Israel

  • Young Man With a Spear

    An engineer who served in the Navy during the war, JOSEPH WHITEHILL,now in his thirtieth year, has settled on the eastern shore of Maryland to devote his full time to wrting.Able Bakerwas his first story to appear in the Atlantic, and it won him an Atlantic award and a place in the Prize Stories of 1956. A collection of his best narratives, entitled Able Baker and Others, has just been published in book form under the Atlantic—Little. Brown imprint, and rumor has it that he is well along with his first novel.

  • Recovery

    At no time in our past has the Atlantic received as many poems as are now submitted to us. They are evidence of an interest in poetry which never slackens and which often burns most brightly in the undergraduate years. As an incentive for writers yet unestablished, we have set aside a number of pages to be devoted to the work of young poets in our February and August issues.

  • Night Speech

  • Child on a Pullman

  • The Hawk in the Storm

  • Boy in Church

  • Diver

  • The Cloud of Mistrust

    A member of the English faculty at Leland Stanford for thirty-fire years and an acknowledged authority on the short story, EDITH M IKHI spent much of her childhood within half a mile of an Indian reservation and later, at the invitation of John Col Iyer, then Commissioner of Indian Affairs, served for a number of years as a consultant in education in the Southwest. The present policy of moving Indians off land which they owned by treaty and of relocating them in metropolitan areas has been, as she demonstrates, a grave injustice.

  • A Plea to Boys and Girls

  • The Day We Lost Tilo

    FRANCES JOHNSON, a native of California, lived in Japan both before and after the Second World War. She holds an M.A. from the University of California, where she majored in Far Eastern History, and her knowledge of and affection for the Japanese were gained at first hand. “I am currently living in California,”she writes, “after a roving past which included among other stays a year in India, another in the Fiji Islands, and five years in Occupied Germany. This is Miss Johnson’s first appearance in the Atlantic.

  • Submerged Artists

    Is it true that talent will out? Or is it truer to say, as WALTER PACH believes, that there are submerged artists in every generation, painters whose excellence is not recognized until long after their deaths? Artist and author, JJ alter Pctch studied at the New York School of Art and at the Academic Hanson in Paris, and in addition to his one-man shows has exhibited with the Independent Artists yearly since 1917. He is the biographer of Seurat, Duchamp-Villon, Van Gogh, and Ingres, and is the author of widely read studies on modern art.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

  • Accent on Living

  • The Ultimate Automobile

    JOHN D. KNECHT, who lives with his family in Northbrook, Pennsylvania, is an advertising copy writer.

  • The Bridge

  • The Real Cool

    After some years in editorial work in New York, GORDON COTLER is now writing for television. This is his first appearance in the Atlantc.

  • Record Reviews

  • Rent a House? On the Continent

  • Rent a House? In England

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