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PREFERRED RISK (248 pp.)—Edson Mc-Cann—Simon & Schuster ($2.75).

The thing . . .

That ushered in this modern lenience Was the discovery of fire insurance.

The future state is springing even now From the discovery that loss from failure By being spread out over everybody Can be made negligible.

—A Masque of Mercy by Robert Frost It is several years since The Short War, when the H-bombs knocked the world to chaos. Mankind has by now figured out how to prevent war and even to outwit death; that is, The Company has figured it out. With its globe-circling arm of Underwriters, Actuaries, Claim Adjusters, Regional...

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