Books: Hope of the World

IMAGE OF AMERICA (277 pp.)—R. L. Bruckberger—Viking ($4.50).

America, you're better off

Than this old continent of ours . . .

Thus Johann Wolfgang von Goethe saluted the new nation across the seas. In the century and a half since then, Americans have become much more accustomed to polemic peltings than to poetic praise from Europe, but the latest literary mail carries an eloquently Goethian fan letter. Dominican Raymond Leopold Bruckberger's love for the U.S. is not blind: in the last decade, the French priest, author (One Sky to Share), artist and Resistance hero, has...

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