Books: Anthropological Provocateur

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE (246 pp.)—Geoffrey Gorer — Norton ($3).

Geoffrey Gorer is a British anthropologist who writes of the American people with the poker-faced detachment of an anthropologist studying the tribal dances and customs of an Indian tribe. Most Americans, reading his book, will probably feel that they have been made fun of, mocked and double-crossed, for having let an outlander into the midst of their tribal rites.

Everything is grist for his mill: comic strips, eating habits, dates, company picnics, pet names, bull sessions, charity drives, the State Department, foreigners, middle-aged women, vitamins,...

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