HOW MUCH IS THAT IN DOLLARS? by Art Buchwall

HOW MUCH IS THAT IN DOLLARS?

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this selection from Buchwald's Hearld Tribunc column of the past two years, regular readers will find their own favorites, whether it be the time Buchwald and his wife almost had dinner with Vice-President Johnson, or when Buchwald discovered the hazards of being a for Elizabeth Taylor, or whatever. Here also are his incidental comments on French life, from the various sizes of bread to the advantages of being a pregnant woman. There is a crisis when everyone thinks his cook will be stolen by the Kennedys, but not when, during the April generals' revolt, paratroopers are expected momentarily. Not all of this material is centered in Paris: he submits to the inevitable in buying a 'cheap' suit in Hong Kong, and learns on arriving in Israel that their newest achievement is a nine-hole golf course. He travels to the Olympics in Rome, and to East Berlin. He overhears some scriptwriter making a few changes after Gagarin's trip around the world. Buchwald is perhaps most interesting as a chronicler of his times -- or of that significant aspect of it which is the antics of Americans abroad. Here is rich material for social historians of the future. Only one wonders whether they can possibly understand just what combination of innocence, impertinence and vulgarity underlies the instructions of the American army wife, who is telling German brides how to behave in the U.S.A., ""And remember, never wear rhinestones before six o'clock.

Publisher: World