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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...

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