Books: The Visiting Eye

CHALLENGE TO AFFLUENCE by Gunnar Myrdal. 172 pages. Pantheon. $3.95.

Sometimes it has taken an imaginative outsider to see the U.S. plain. There were De Tocqueville and Lord Bryce, and in this century the Swedish Economist Gunnar Myrdal.

Twenty-six years ago, Myrdal was commissioned by the Carnegie Corporation to write a definitive study of the American Negro. Myrdal spent four years researching and writing and produced a masterpiece, An American Dilemma, which destroyed forever the comfortable white notion that separate could be equal. A pivotal book in the history of U.S. race relations, it...

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