Books: Song of Occupations

THE PEOPLE TALK—Benjamin Appel—Dutton ($3).

Benjamin Appel (Brain Guy, The Power-House) is a young man with an honest if unextraordinary eye, a careful ear for dialect, a quiet talent for quickly gaining the confidence of strangers. With this equipment, during 1939 and 1940, he covered the U. S., north & south, coast to coast. Everywhere he went he talked to people, listened to them, watched the work they did, the streets and country around them. His book is made of what he heard and saw, chiefly of what they said.

Mainly they were poor people, mainly interested in talking not about the war,...

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