AUTHORS TAKE SIDES ON VIETNAM by Cecil & John Bagguley-Eds. Woolf


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The authors: more than 160, most with international reputations, alphabetically arranged, include Arendt, Burroughs, Graves, McLuhan, Pinter, Riesman, Snow, Updike... The questions (patterned after a '30's poll of writers' stands on the Spanish Civil War): ""Are you for, or against, U.S. intervention in Vietnam? How, in your opinion, should the conflict be resolved?"" Majority opinion: ""no"" to the first, ""not sure"" to the second. Dominant tone: outrage, frustration and shame from Americans, indignation and a certain contempt from Europeans. Responses are based on a variety of considerations--historical, strategic, legal, moral. When it comes to politics proper, the respondents include few professional left- or right- wingers. The number and quality of the former (Deutscher, de Beauvoir, Marcuse, I.F. Stone, Lord Russell) is greater. The latter (Buckley, Lewellyn) are more moderate than the amateur anti-Communists, from Michener to Marianue Moore. No striking correlations between fame, knowledgeability and soundness--among the most eloquent and coherent are De Vries, Holbrook, James Burnham and Uwe Johnson. An appendix gives data on each writer. Quality uneven, price right, book welcome, readership large.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1967
Publisher: Simon & Schuster