Books: Up from the Slag

PETER DOMANIG IN AMERICA: STEEL (476 pp)—Victor White— Bobbs-Merrill ($3.95).

Some of the most exciting novels about American industry have been written by those who liked it least. In the pages of Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser or Upton Sinclair, industry is a jungle inferno of grab and stab. But behind the social bias is the magnetic pull of wheat, or rail roads, or oil, and what it means to work with and around the sources of American industrial power. Author Victor White has put some of this magnetism without the bias into Peter Domanig in America. Where he falls short of the...

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