Books: A Modest Proposal

GERMANY MUST PERISH!—Theodore N. Kaufman—Argyle Press ($1).

In 1729 the great Dean Swift made his famed "Modest Proposal" for curing the economic ills of Ireland: sell its starving children as dressed meat. Last week U. S. book reviewers were in receipt of a modern modest proposal. No less grisly than the Dean's, it was not even supposed to be ironic.

The grisliness preceded the proposal. One day reviewers unwrapped a small, oblong parcel, found inside a miniature black cardboard coffin with a hinged lid. In it was a card reading, "Read GERMANY MUST PERISH! Tomorrow you will receive your copy." There was no...

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