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An Anthropologist Looks At America (margaret Mead: The Study Of Contemporary Western Cultures)
A sharp, discerning and quite fascinating study of the character structure of America, what we are ourselves, what made us this way and what we have which will enable us to win the war and form the postwar world. I know of no other book which does quite this, and as she rightly says, an anthropologist has a very different way of looking at people and problems. First, an analysis of our psychological equipment, the role of parents, of class distinction, the dominating success motive, education, youth, our brand of aggressiveness. Secondly, a reconciliation of the American and war; our weaknesses, our too great dependence on authority, the need for control -- but a limited one; our assets, our flexibility, our practical skill, all valuable factors in the setting of tomorrow's world, a world which will assimilate the virtues of many cultures. She writes extremely well, making something which sounds abstract, theoretical, limited, of immediacy and interest to all.