AN AMERICAN DIARY by Samuel Grafton

AN AMERICAN DIARY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The opinions, social, political, international and always liberal of the N.Y. Post's commentator (syndicated the country over) -- selected from 1939 to 1943. This differs from the Raymond Gram Swing collection (Page 286) in that Grafton deals with issues, and a collection of his pieces reflects the thought and mood of the country, and Swing deals with broad international events, and his collection supplies a refresher course in history. Grafton might be said to be for the liberals what Pegler is for his more reactionary readers. Prophetic, pungent, varying in tone from quiet sarcasm to eloquence, Grafton deals with main issues -- and recurrent ones, -- the beginnings of war, our neutrality, the arms embargo, Chamberlain, the sale of scrap iron to Japan, the problems of a third term, Willkie vs. Roosevelt, labor vs. business, the rebirth of the English spirit and morals, lend lease, isolationism, aid to Russia, the Hull-Kurusu negotiations, America's lack of morale, defeatism, the Indian question, the air war over Germany, anti-Administration activities, Russian successes, American failures with particular excoriation of our play for the lesser Fascists (Franco, etc.). Grafton takes up causes -- and even in retrospect they make interesting reading. He's well earned his wish -- ""I'd Rather Be Right...

Pub Date: Aug. 13th, 1943
Publisher: Doubleday, Doran