Books: Death to Taxes!

THE LAW AND THE PROFITS (246 pp.)—C. Northcote Parkinson — Houghton Mifflin ($3.50).

During World War II, a chairborne British army officer was assigned to a secret project "not essential to winning the war." In command was an air admiral, assisted by a full colonel, assisted by a major. Fourth in line was Captain Parkinson. One day the admiral was sent on a mission, the colonel went on leave, and the major was taken sick. Left in full charge, Captain Parkinson found that he did all of the project's work in an hour.

Actually, C. (for Cyril) Northcote Parkin son had discovered the...

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