AMERICAN NOTES: Mixed Report on Progress

In trying to measure the nation's progress — or lack of it — the Federal Government has always paid more attention to the quantity of economic growth than to the quality of everyday life. In an attempt to gauge that quality, the Office of Management and Bud get is releasing this week the first Social Indicators report. With a wealth of statistics and charts, the 258-page, $7.80 paperback book shows the fairly recent changes — for better or worse — in American housing, employment, life and death rates, public safety, education and leisure-time...

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