WAR'S END AND AFTER by Stuart Chevaller


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The author of A Window on Broadway uses a different setting for presentation of his ""primer for tomorrow"". He picks three typical Americans, hospitalized after the war, cronies who get together in round table discussion of post-war problems. They discuss all aspects -- from the angle of the fire-eating liberal (not revolutionary enough, I should say, for the purpose), the conservative Democrat, and the old line Republican, one time isolationist. My guess is that the conservative Democrat, White, speaks for Mr. Chevalier. But my criticism is that their viewpoints diverge very little more than political platforms! Au fond, they all want pretty much the same thing. In the process of their talks, they cover a wide range:- race, hate propaganda, applications of the Atlantic Charter, the four freedoms, lend lease agreement extensions, mutual assistance pacts, the Beveridge Plan, labor unions, education, freedom of speech and press, religion and recreation. They discuss the relative merits of various international unions, the framework of the peace, the problems of international policing. And the book closes with three dialogues between the three principals, and Satan, Death and a Celestial Visitor....Possibly this may help some readers clarify their own thinking. To me it seemed pedantic and artificial in manner, and unoriginal in matter.

Pub Date: Sept. 21st, 1943
Publisher: Macmillar