Books: A Psychiatrist Views Crime

THE CRIME OF PUNISHMENT by Karl Menninger, M.D. 305 pages. Viking. $8.95.

The current American concern about law and order is understandable—even though the issues are often misunderstood. Facts and figures can be misleading.* Even more misleading can be the emotions involved. So argues Psychiatrist Karl Menninger in this libertarian critique of American criminal justice. Menninger advances some notions that will anger many laymen. As Menninger sees it, Americans actually like crime: "We need criminals to identify ourselves with, to secretly envy and to stoutly punish. Criminals represent our alter egos, our 'bad'...