GENERAL MANPOWER, INC. by John S. Martin

GENERAL MANPOWER, INC.

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The idea's the thing. A satirical glimpse into the world of 1959, with Elizabeth, Queen of England, Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands, an insane Hitler immured at Berchtesgaden with a dummy substitute, and so on. And in America, general manpower is conceived, an organization of many hundred thousands, owning Lower California, housed and trained by the job lot, furnishing manpower en masse. The director determines to put his forces to good in an army of world peace. But first he hires them out to the two queens to check the Reds in the Indies. And then his Frankenstein returns to him, mutinies, plans conquest. Terrific bloodshed -- the rebellion is wiped out -- but it is too late. The government takes it over, disbands it, as too dangerous a force. It is difficult to sustain, and though amusing here and there, it is not quite trick enough to go over. A tour de force which might happen to catch on -- but in the natural course of events, is a long chance.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster