Here's a book that should be read with judgment reserved until the end. The author, a brilliant and perceptive Frenchwoman, already known through I Discover The English and A Foreigner Looks at the T V A, undertakes to prove to herself that her faith in America as the hope of civilization, is justified. She takes a lot of beatings in the process -- and gives as good as she takes. She often seems to talk in broad generalities, on every subject under the sun, but she has her facts at her finger tips. She frequently puts the worst foot foremost -- and then seems to retract. She has us down, in none too flattering terms, our strengths and our weaknesses. She is irritating, unfair, dogmatic -- but she is challenging and eminently readable. She is a bit raw -- for the conservatives -- but a good astringent.