Books: Compact Disgust*

AMERICA'S PRIMER—Morris L. Ernst— Putnam ($2).

This is a tight, tart little diatribe upon Things That Are in the U. S. It is compact with disgust of a shrewd Manhattan lawyer who despises cultural inconsistencies and would like to destroy them. Superficially America's Primer resembles New Russia's Primer (TIME, May 4). But the Russia book was written especially for native schoolchildren. America's Primer is a phrase book for those discontented, restless, loosely anchored, ever-thinking, rarely-doing citizens of the larger U. S. communities who grope for but seldom...

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