Books: Dreams of Plenty



436 pages. Saturday Review Press.


Michael Harrington—social democrat, pacifist, intellectual, born Roman Catholic but out of practice—has the scrubbed, care-lined radiance of a man who in other circumstances might well have been a worker-priest, American style. Instead, he is a revolutionary pamphleteer and chairman of the Socialist Party of the U.S. Yet poverty is his vow and his ideological passion.

Out of his direct experience as a welfare worker in St. Louis and New York, Harrington in 1962 wrote The Other America. A sermon about the extent of poverty...

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