Books: The Wild Dogs Are Close

AN AMERICAN IN INDIA (277 pp.)—Sounders Redding — Bobbs -Merrill ($3.50).

Saunders Redding, 48, is a good-looking Negro professor of English at Hampton Institute (Va.), one of the nation's best Negro colleges. One spring day in 1952, the phone rang in his office and a voice said: "This is the State Department. Would you be available for a temporary foreign assignment?" Professor Redding was available; the assignment was India. That summer he traveled 25,000 miles through India, lecturing on America to tens of thousands of curious and often hostile students and professors.

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