Education: Textbooks

In the lobby of Austin's Hotel Driskill fortnight ago, some 75 agents for U. S. textbook publishers sucked at and crushed out innumerable cigarets, talked in strained voices. They were waiting for the Texas State Board of Education to award contracts worth millions of dollars for 29 books for Texas schoolchildren. Of all the agents, none paced the floor more nervously than those of Manhattan's Harcourt, Brace & Co. and Chicago's Row, Peterson Co. Everyone knew that the fiercest schoolbook contest of the year in Texas was between these two, for the adoption...

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