Books: Shall We Join the Ladies?

THE DISAPPEARANCE (405 pp.)—Philip Wylie—Rinehart ($3.50).

Men everywhere had been taking their women for granted for so long that at first they were merely astonished when all the girls abruptly dropped out of sight. But the sense of catastrophe grew rapidly. In the U.S., top scientists were urgently enlisted in Operation Protoprotoplasm—trying to create human life in test tubes. Female impersonators had a field day. So did the manufacturers of the "Miss America Dolls"—life-size models of the human female made of foam plastic.

On the women's side of the great divide, the wives of U.S. Congressmen assumed the responsibility of electing a Mrs....

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