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Countless sociological studies and official reports have described the dreadful condition of the nation's ghetto schools in abstract terms, but the general public has no concrete idea of what goes on inside them. Jonathan Kozol recounts his experience as a teacher in the Roxbury section of Boston.
“It was easy to see that the young men who were hippies on Haight Street wore beards and long hair and sometimes earrings and weird-o granny eye-glasses, and that they were generally dirty.”
As a body of facts to tickle the fancy of the money-buffs, books on the world of business and finance do not as a whole qualify as candidates for literary awards. But ATLANTIC critic Louis Kronenberger has gleaned some intriguing reading matter from some of the recent offerings on money and its makers.
The bulldozers can now be seen out in force along Chestnut Ridge, near Bedford in New York’s Westchester County, and this means that the cement mixers and asphalt trucks cannot be far behind. In this one of the many stories that can be told about scores of embattled and divided American communities, Mr. Ritter writes another chapter in the unfolding record of a nation’s compulsion to become a continent of concrete and monoxide. The author, a former correspondent and editor for LIFE, is now director of the Development Projects Division of General Learning Corporation.
R. G. G. Price lives in Sussex and is a regular contributor to PUNCH as well as the ATLANTIC.
Hayes B. Jacobs lives in New York City and is director of the New School Writing Workshops.
This report on the people, the planning, and the mission of the Israeli armed forces comes with special appropriateness from the author of THE GUNS OF AUGUST,the memorable book about the opening of World War I. Mrs. Tuchman’s recounting of great plans gone awry and thousands sacrificed to human vanity and error in August, 1914‚ has become required reading among statesmen today. Some of its chapters were included, in training courses for the Israeli officers who engineered the victory over the Arabs. To compile this first of two articles for the ATLANTIC, Mrs. Tuchman went to Israel and interviewed Israeli officials and fighting men, from top commanders to privates.
Mr. Janeway, twenty-seven, is a member of the ATLANTIC’S editorial staff. His history thesis at Harvard‚ “Lyndon Johnson and the Rise of Conservatism in Texas,” will eventually be published in expanded form.
Questionnaire received. “I think you sent this to find out why Sug passed away, had the bruises, smelled odd.” The answers to these and other questions about life in retirement villages‚ gathering madness, and the deadly “greased samba” are provided in an extraordinary story by John Deck, a native Californian, graduate of San Francisco State College, and currently on leave from the English department of the University of Puerto Rico.
Told he was “too good to he true,” he replied, “Well, that’s my imperfection.” Others disagree: a journalist has called him “the hairsplitter from Illinois,” and George Romney described him as an “opportunist.” Who’s kidding whom about Senator Charles Percy? An answer is offered by Stephen Hess‚ a former assistant to President Eisenhower and now a fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, and David S. Broder of the Washington POST. This article is adapted from their book THE REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT, to be published next month by Harper & Row.
Randall Jarrel’s tragic death in October, 1965, deprived American literature of one of its most illuminating voices. Marianne Moore’s intimation of that loss, a characteristic memoir from one of America’s most distinguished poets, will appear in RANDALL JARRELL, 1914-1965‚ a collection of critical essays and memoirs, to be published this month by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.