Books: Today's Tyrant

THE REVOLT OF THE MASSES—Jose Ortega y Gasset—Norton ($2.75).

Though economists now have the floor and philosophers are, as Philosopher Ortega y Gasset admits, anything today rather than philosophers, this penetrating analysis of the world's state is not economic. No fatalist, Ortega y Gasset, searcher for the truth about Western civilization, believes that something may still be done with the truth when it is found. A yea-saver, his gloomiest proph ecy is still hopeful in a sardonic Spanish way: ''Before long there will be heard...

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