MAN AGAINST POVERTY: World War III by Arthur & Roger Woock--Eds. Blaustein


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Probably this generations's major domestic concern is the persistence of poverty. The subject has produced an enormous literature within a handful of years, most recently compilations of readings which excerpt the earlier, original works. At its best, this format yields useful studies; the Blaustein-Woock collection certainly is a good example. It investigates the tie-up between domestic poverty and foreign policy subsidies as well as the relationship between the impoverishment of a population and its taking to the guerrilla road. Blaustein's article, particularly, points out how the Vietnam War has robbed poverty programs on the home front. Contributors include Michael Harrington, Barbara Ward, Senator Joseph S. Clark along with less well-known observers of the worldwide poverty scene. And it's a dreary one -- from John Gardner's introduction on, a spirit of unrelieved pessimism prevails. Aside from specialists in the poverty field, this book is a must for high school and college social science courses. Hopefully, it will attract a wide voluntary readership.

Pub Date: Oct. 22nd, 1968
Publisher: Random House