Books: Scolding Cousins

The name of the game is Swotting the Americans for Fun and Profit, a sport for which the British are terribly keen, if not particularly adept. Two current swots offer little fun, less profit.

BEHIND THE GOLDEN CURTAIN, by Susan Cooper (244 pages; Scribner; $4.95), contends that American affluence and self-sufficiency have created a Golden Curtain that splits the West in half just as surely as the Iron Curtain divides it from the East. This, the author contends, permits Americans to go their merry, uncomprehending way while the rest of the world lives in...

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