Books: Tightwad Little Island

THE SCOTCH by John Kenneth Galbraith. 145 pages. Houghton M/ffl/n. $3.95.

Harvard Economist John Kenneth Galbraith, author of The Affluent Society, may have at last explained himself. Plainly, his big-spending theories derive from a rebellion against his upbringing. For Galbraith, as he discloses in this amiable, slim volume of reminiscence, hails from a Scottish community in Ontario that seems today to have been a tightwad little island of frugality in a spendthrift continent, a budget balancer's paradise.

Galbraith has been away a long time, so now he can look back wryly and serenely...

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