March 1960

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  • Betwixt

  • The Amateur as Critic

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Books the Editors Like

  • Reader's Choice

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • Panama

  • Correction

  • Man Alive in Outer Space

    What scientific precautions must our doctors take to ensure that man can be projected into outer space and return alive? The question is no longer academic; Russian scientists have predicted that their astronauts will be ready for the adventure within two years. DR. THOMAS R. A. DAVIS is director of environmental medicine for the United States Army Medical Research Laboratory.

  • Bonn

  • Inside the Foreign Office the Foreign Office

    VALENTINE LAWFORD entered the diplomatic service in 1934 and was successively assistant private secretary to Lord Halifax, Sir Anthony Eden, and the late Mr. Ernest Bevin. He attended the Moscow, Quebec, and Yalta conferences and was appointed to the United kingdom delegation to the United Nations in 1946. He left the service in 1950 and now lives in the United States.

  • The Printer

    An authority on high-performance and racing automobiles. KEN W. PURDY is the author of KINGS OF THE ROAD, BRIGHT WHEELS ROLLING (with James Melton), and THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE AUTOMOBILE. Before he became a free-lance writer, he had wide experience as a newspaperman and later as editor in chief of PARADE, TRUE, and ARGOSY.

  • Freedom, New Hampshire: For My Brother, 1925-1957

  • Waiting for the God King

    “Covering the Tibetan crisis at the time of the Dalai Lama’s flight,”says DONALD S. CONNERY, ”was a dismaying experience for anyone who takes reporting seriously. Yet one does feel a small slab of admiration for the talents of those newsmen who seem sure that most of the people want to be fooled most of the time.”Mr. Connery, a graduate of Harvard, is one office Americon correspondents regularly based in India and for the past two years has been the TIME-LIFE bureau chief in New Delhi.

  • The Dalai Lama

  • White House vs. Congress

    Professor of political science at Williams College, who served as a combat historian in the Pacific daring the war, JAMES MACGREGOR BURNS has been active in Massachusetts and national politics since his college days. He is the author of ROOSEVELT: THE LION AND THE FOX;his new book, JOHN KENNEDY: A POLITICAL PROFILE, which has just been published by Harcourt, Brace, is reviewed in our columns this month.

  • The Velvet Knife

    As a dramatist, actor, and mimic, PETER USTINOV has made a unique place for himself. Two years ago, at the ATLANTIC urging, he embarked on a series of short stories which we have found both original and delightful. Now he is about to finish his first novel, which will appear under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint.

  • Dame Liberty Reports From Travel

  • Grammar for Today

    Professor of English at Northwestern University, BERGEN EVANS has made a reputation for himself as a linguistic expert, in his program, THE LAST WORD, and in his book, ADICTIONARY OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN USAGE,which he compiled with the assistance of his sister, Cornelia. Last month the ATLANTIC published Wilson Follett’s stricture on current American usage, “ Grammar Is Obsolete.”Mr. Evans takes the more optimistic view.

  • Winter North of the Mississippi

    Born in Ann Arbor, FRANCES GILLIS received her A.B. from the University of Michigan, where she majored in English composition. Upon graduation she devoted a year to writing before taking on a job as copy writer. She is married to a stalwart Minnesotan and spent nine winters in one of the nation’s coldest areas.

  • Song: Days and Nights

  • The Rise and Decline of Françoise Sagan

    At the age of twenty-four, Françoise Sagan is France’s most widely read author. Her fourth novel, AIMEZ-VOUS BRAHMS . . .which was published in September in Paris and which is appearing in this country this month under the Dutton imprint, has brought her sales in France alone to over two million copies. What is the explanation for the phenomenal success of a writer whose precocious gifts, while undeniable, have notably failed to develop? CURTIS CATE, the ATLANTIC’Srepresentative in Europe, here undertakes to answer this question.

  • Accent on Living

  • The Master Plan: A Book Review of the Future

    T. S. WATT served in the Royal Air Force during the war and has written several burlesques of the war memoirs now coming so copiously into print.

  • George Who?

    As editor for J. B. Lippincott Company, GEORGE STEVENS divides his time between Philadelphia and New York and has made several contributions to Accent on Living.

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