Books: These Strange Americans

AMERICANS ARE ALONE IN THE WORLD (209 pp.)—Luigi Barzini Jr.—Random House ($2.50).

Since the war, European intellectuals have been playing a game. It is called "Analyzing America." Anyone can play, and firsthand knowledge of America is not required; in fact, too close an acquaintance with the U.S. is considered unsporting. There are no qualifications beyond a smattering of psychoanalytic vocabulary, an ability to generalize from the small to the big (e.g., the luxuriousness of American spittoons proves the wastefulness of the U.S. economy) and a limited awareness of U.S. social customs which need...

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