Books: Spengler Speaks

THE HOUR OF DECISION—Oswald Spengler—Knopf ($2.50).

When Oswald Spengler speaks, many a Western Worldling stops to listen. His monumental Decline of the West galvanized the attention of European and U. S. intellectuals, caused a hopeful pricking-up of Asiatic ears. Uncompromising pessimist, Spengler sounded the knell of Western civilization, which he said had passed maturity, was beginning a swift senescence. No defeatist, in The Hour of Decision he rings a tocsin.

Spengler believes that today we are in history's grandest age but sees no reason for individuals to be happy about it. "Greatness and...

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