THE DECLINE OF THE WEST—Oswald Spengler — Translated by Charles Francis Atkinson—Knopf ($6). The U. S. publication of what is commonly regarded as the outstanding historico-philosophical treatise of 20th Century Germany is an item of import to be noted if not investigated by the average man. The book itself, of a profoundly speculative nature, will have to pass through numerous academic abridgments and crystallizations before it can touch the consciousness of the mass of Western mankind, of whose ideational processes it tells. In its own words, "The attempt is made for the...

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