In This Issue
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The Promise of Thera
A Bronze Age Pompeii
Report on Indonesia
Several months after Suharto has been appointed as acting president, Atlantic contributor John Hughes reports that "the honeymoon days ... are over."
The Arabs, 1967
The flash war in the Middle East brought swift victory to the Israelis, humiliating defeat to the Arabs, but it has done little to settle the long-term issues in that part of the world. A leading American authority on the Arabs here tells why. Professor Badeau, director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia, lived in the Arab world from 1928 to 1953, and again from 1961 until mid-1964, when he was American Ambassador to the United Arab Republic. For seventeen years he was variously a professor, dean, and president at the American University in Cairo.
Early December in Croton-on-Hudson: (For Charles Hertz)
The Birthday Way Out of Vietnam
Old Folks at--Home?
Elinor Goulding Smith has written many hooks and light articles since she first contributed to the VTLANTIC in 1943.
Motor Racing: More Slowdowns
Ken Purdy, who lives, in Connecticut, is widely known as a writer and an authority on the automobile.
Errata for Fall
St. Vincent and Bequia
The Many Facets of Benjamin Britten
The Peripatetic Reviewer
Fiction for Teen-Agers
Shepherds vs. Flocks: Ministers and Negro Militancy
“Anyone can be a bigmouth. It’s hard to be a pastor” So says one of the tough-minded Rochester ministers who have turned their churches into meeting houses for political activism. Allied with Negro leaders and lay community organizers, these militant “new breed" ministers have battled with corporations and public agencies for better jobs and housing, and have shattered traditional expectations of the ministry in the process. Mr. Martin, a Harvard Divinity School graduate and now a doctoral candidate in Harvard’s department of religion and society, is chaplain of the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Thomas Wolfe Arrives
What hit the country in October, 1929? The stock market crash, yes. But what else? A literary whirhrind out of Asheville. North Carolina. by way of Harvard and Brooklyn. His name teas Thomas Wolfe, and his first book, LOOK HOMEWARD, angel, struck the American scene like few novels before or since. From Andrew Turnbull’s excellent biography THOM AS wolfe, to be published in February by Scribner’s, we offer this account of the writer’s leap to a fame that he enjoyed for but a few years — until his death in 1938.
Song: One in Many
The Cost of the Brain Drain
The author, a Democrat, is the junior senator from Minnesota.
Sidney and the Dogs
The Health Syndicate/Washington's Noble Conspirators
Health ranks high up with motherhood as a condition to be espoused, and that helps to explain the seeming ease with which a small dedicated band of researchand-cure devotees have combined their ideas, concerns, and intimations of mortality into one of the most effective lobbies Washington has ever seen. In another of her deep-down examinations of the working of government, Mrs. Drew calls the roll of the health lobby, describes its achievements, and suggests respectfully some of the problems provoked by its multibillion-dollar success.
Max Rafferty of California
A self-styled “lobbyist for the children” and lamenter of “the passing of the patriot.”California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction is perhaps the most controversial figure in a slate overrun with politicians who hare a penchant for exciting passionate followers and passionate enemies. Here he is. observed and diagnosed by Mark Harris,author of the recent ATLANTIC article on the flowering of the hippies, as well as of many good books (WAKE UP, STUPID; A TICKET FOR A SEAMSTITCH), essays, and articles. Mr. Harris is professor of English at San Francisco State College, leaching this year at Purdue.