Books: The Wider Blame

COLLISION OF EAST AND WEST (352 pp.) —Herrymon Maurer—Regnery ($4.50).

Like a lot of other Americans looking back on a decade of U.S. frustrations and failures in Asia, the author of this book has been asking himself what went wrong. His answer: not just the blunders of a little clique in the State Department, though they proved to be tragic enough. Herrymon Maurer, for five years (1942-47) a FORTUNE editor and Asia specialist for that magazine, puts the big blame on the well-meaning, wrongheaded arrogance of the West in general. His Collision of East...

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