RETURN TO MORALITY by Charles Tobey

RETURN TO MORALITY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Meetin' house admonitions with a Yankee flavor in which Senator Tobey's very own crusade of righteous indignation is successfully delivered from TV to the printed page. Beginning with generous excerpts from condensed versions of the Third Interim Report of the Kefauver Crime Committee, Senator Tobey makes his indictment of the disgraceful prevalence of organized crime in this country with reference to the shady machinations of such as O'Dwyer, Costello, Samish, Clancy and their merry men. Then follows a series of trumpet blasts at ""loose morality"" -- gambling, divorce, lax standards in child rearing, etc. -- and a final plea for a return to a disciplined code of conduct for all Americans, on whose shoulders must rest the responsibility for crime tolerance. This return to morality means a return to religion and God according to the Senator whose ""straight line"" solution, insisted upon during each breathing space in the Crime Committee investigations, was, fortunately or unfortunately, considered somewhat of a novelty at the time. An appealing thesis, undoubtedly, but better handled in deeper and more thoughtful detail by clergymen and sociologists, in whom the suspicious aura of opportunism is not so apparent.

Pub Date: Jan. 17th, 1951
Publisher: Doubleday