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Successor to Washington Merry-Go-Round and just as iconoclastic, revealing, and disturbing, no matter to which political camp one belongs. For here-from the inefficient order of the Cabinet setup, through every facet of government and pressure groups to the high brass, the seamy side is turned outward for all to see. Not a pretty picture- nor one we should like shown the world. Bob Allen is no respector of persons or office. The book has the awful fascination of a gossip column, while at the same time it is extraordinarily informative, not merely as to personalities, their strengths and weaknesses, but as to the top heavy, incompetent, bungling functioning of our governmental machinery. Here and there an accolade is bestowed, for example Secretary of the Interior Chapman is called ""without peer in his office""; Acheson, while his limitations are recognized, is characterized as ""the greatest Secretary of State since Stimson""; Louis Johnson comes out as the strong man of the administration- ""whatever else he may or may not do, will leave an imprint on the Armed Services that they will bear for a long time to come"". And the feeling of confidence engendered by the pen portraits of Generals Collins, Gruenther and Vandenberg- of Admiral Forest Sherman, and of the already secure General Omar Bradley leaves the reader with a heartening sense of one part of the immediate future in the right hands. The whole is immensely good reading, controversial as it is, and frequently irritating in a tendency to flippancy, quipping and cheapness. But the points are driven home, and the thoughtful citizen will find much to ponder. Sure to be a big seller.

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 1950
Publisher: Vanguard