Books: The Inscrutable Scrutinized

HONORABLE ENEMY—Ernest O. Mauser —Duell, Sloan & Pearce ($2.50).

THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PACIFIC—W. D. Puleston—Yale ($2.75).

Off & on for twelve years a journalist in the Orient, Ernest O. Hauser has not been content to meet the East over a Scotch & soda in Tokyo's Imperial Hotel. He has dug his way deep into the mysteries of Oriental temperament. Honorable Enemy is a knowing and compassionate portrait of the Japanese character.

To Hauser, the typical Japanese is a "nervous, emotionally high-pitched, sensitive person ... a poor man in a poor country" unable to break through the manners and social limitations of...

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