For books on U.S. education, 1961 was a vintage year of able analyses of top issues in readable English. The issues will not go away in 1962, and neither should the books. A dozen of the best:

What Is U.S. Education? The fullest description in years is Martin Mayer's The Schools (Harper; $4.95), a perceptive reporter's first-hand account of everything from team teaching to teacher training, plus live children in live classrooms. The year's most important single issue is summed up in James B. Conant's Slums and Suburbs (McGraw-Hill; $3.95), a sobering report on...

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