Books: Filter-Tip Tobacco Road

AROUND ABOUT AMERICA by Erskine Caldwell with illustrations by Virginia M. Caldwell. 224 pages. Farrar, Straus. $4.50.

Erskine Caldwell and Second Wife Margaret Bourke-White collaborated in 1940 on a book called Say! Is This the U.S.A.? ("This America is a jungle of men living in the extremes of good and bad, heat and cold, wealth and poverty . . .") Now, working with a new wife and a new title, Caldwell has turned in almost the same text ("Dynamic. Depressing. Open-all-night. Closed-for-the-season. Everybody welcome. White only. Colored entrance. Bloated with wealth and despairing in...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!