May 1967

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  • Projection

  • Short Poems of John Frederick Nims

  • Psychiatry and War

    Out of the horrors of Dunkirk and the aimless terror of the raids on London, British psychiatrists learned much about the treatment of war’s mental cases that has application in the practice of psychiatry today. Sometimes by accident, sometimes by inspiration, doctors evolved ways of curing or inhibiting the effects of acute hysteria, reactive depression, loss of memory, and fright paralysis. Dr. Sargant, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and chief of the Department of Psychological Medicine at one of London’s great teaching hospitals, was one of those wartime discoverers. This article is drawn from his new book, THE UNQUIET MIND, to be published in the fall by Atlantic - Little, Brown.

  • The Music of Time

  • For Sale: One College

    Eric Solomon is a professor of English at San Francisco State and formerly taught at Ohio State.

  • Ordinarily This Would Be Otherwise

  • The Case of the Missing!

    Anne Kelley ivas a reporter for the Seattle POST-INTELLIGENCER after her graduation from the University of Washington. She is now living in Evanston, Illinois, with her husband and three children.

  • Noticed

  • An Evening at the De Gaulles'

  • Stravinsky and Shostakovich

    Nancy Dussault, Karen Morrow, Clifford David, Neal Kenyon, and others; Evergreen 6604/5 (stereo or monaural): two records

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

  • Potpourri

  • Macao

  • The Common Market

  • Science: Insects, Animals, and Man

  • Germany 1967

    Nine American writers and editors, back from a tour to Berlin and major West German cities, give their personal impressions of Germans today.

  • Bobby

    A weekend at the lake with his young nephew seemed innocuous enough, but this Samaritan did not know a simple fact about Bobby: he is an unforgettable monster. Mr. Whitehill’s most recent novel, PRECIOUS LITTLE, has just been published by Scribner’s.

  • Washington

  • Fly

  • A Time for Comedy

    What we need in America, says ATLANTICcritic Louis Kronenberger, is not simply better social drama or vivider documentaries, but our own successful form of serious comedy — “dark,”philosophical, intellectual, what you will.

  • Minutes of a White House Meeting, Summer 1967

    The following record of a meeting yel to be held is printed here to advance public understanding of the great issues of our time. Mr. Thomson, who now teaches history at Harvard, writes this projection out of a background of experience in the White House and Department of Stale during the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations.

  • Market Planning and the Role of Government

    Does the United States government tailor its military procurement to what private industry wants to sell? Is our foreign policy, or Russia’s, or Western Europe’s, shaped by the needs and desires of industries? These are stark questions, and even to raise them may smack of doctrinal heresy. But they are raised here in this second, of three papers based on Professor Galbraith’s trail-breaking book THE NEW INDUSTRIAL STATE, to be published, in June by Houghton Mifflin.

  • A Gentle Soul

    One of today’s finest short-story writers, Mary Lavin was born in Massachusetts but has long made Ireland her home. The ATLANTIC printed one of her first stories in 1940, when she was acclaimed as a bright new talent. Since then her work has continued to appear in collections, the most recent being THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, 1966.

  • The Battle of the Scrolls

    For nearly 2000 years Jews habe built their way of life, and way of looking at life, around a legend; but recent interpretations and decipherings of the Dead Sea Scrolls have turned that legend into real, inscribed facts. That is the view of Mr. Raphael, a Briton who combines a career in Her Majesty’s Civil Service (Treasury) with writing. This article deals with some of the questions raised in his new book, THE TENDER BRANCH : AN EXCURSION INTO JEWISH HISTORY,to be published later this year by Alfred Knopf.

  • A Rage Greater Than Grief

    Though it is barely off the presses, William Manchester’s THE DEATH OF A PRESIDENT has already lived a full and storied lifeconceived as a book, delivered prematurely as a political event, christened amid protestations of sacrifice and talk of six-figure deals, turned out by its progenitors, and sentenced to fend for itself in a world made turbulent by claims and counterclaims, publicity, gossip, and high-level backbiting. Many who were involved in the events it re-creates will find it flawed by inaccuracies and misjudgments; others will find if inadequate (see Oscar Handlin’s review on page 131). But once the furor dies, how will it stand as a report of a moment that beat and shook the world with its angry wings? Murray Kempton, author and political columnist for the New York POST, tells in this essay why he believes it will stand very well.

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