CLEARING THE AIR by Edward P. Morgan


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Pronunciamentos from that unique radio pundit, Edward P. Morgan, ring out in resonant prose to wake and hearten the somnolent but well-meaning citizen. Mr. Morgan, who still cannot detach himself from ""the angry feeling that social injustice is a personal affront"" and who sees the world as ""a package of common experience"" where people need to see that their personal spheres are related, here provides ""a collection of one man's wonderment about our soft lives and hard times"" that will be highly welcome to Morganaties. Morgan's baleful but loving eye scans the American scene from the DAR to the League of Women Voters, ponders politics, press, people (the roster includes General Marshall, Hemingway and Thurber, and Jackie). He comments on labor-management dilemmas from the teamsters disbarred to the G.E. price-fixing scandals, on civil rights, which mean most to him because he feels the Negro is making a valiant fight for us all in his determination to gain first class citizenship. Such occasions as the advent of Echo, an afternoon spent on the Acropolis, the UN's birthday provide platforms for further alarums and excursions, and a strictly personal windup tells the behind-the-lines story of a newsman caught up in headline events, and covering them--Morgan's daughter was aboard the press. The man who, with thirty years of news reporting and casting behind him, still finds ""something rather magical in the intimacy radio produces between an unseen value and as anonymous listener"", makes this warmly human message heard here through another medium, at one remove for those unacquainted with his broadcast.

Pub Date: Jan. 21st, 1962
Publisher: McKay-Luce