If the best fiction writers could be trusted, life was at worst a dreadful and at best an ironic business. Doubt, violence and cynicism hardly left shelf space for the few novels that tried to stress values; yet there were a few that took a stand for the more attractive sides of man, and their ringing success may be a straw in the wind.

The U.S. businessman continued to be more hero than villain (although a little confused) in such novels as Cameron Hawley's Cash McCall and Sloan Wilson's The Man in the Gray Flannel...

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