Books: The Mandate of Heaven

THE PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY (189 pp.)—Walter Lippmann — Atlantic — Little, Brown ($3.50).

In the summer of 1938, Columnist Walter Lippmann, brooding about the "mounting disorder in our Western society," began to put his concern into book form. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, he laid aside his manuscript to see what was going to happen to the world. When he returned to his task after war's end, he found that "something had gone very wrong in the liberal democracies . . . They were unable to make peace and to restore order."

In The Public Philosophy, Pundit Lippmann comes to some challenging conclusions...

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