Sport: Swordsman

Why has fencing never become popular in the U.S.? Aldo Nadi, world fencing champion, has brooded over that poser ever since he arrived in the U.S. to teach the sport eight years ago. His conclusion: Americans consider fencing sissy.

Nothing infuriates Mr. Nadi more than that vulgar error. He has written a furious book (On Fencing — Putnam; $3) to set Americans straight about his sport, which he prefers to call an art. A model of fencing instruction, the book is also an entertaining swordsman's-eye-view of mankind. "The fencing strip," observes Mr. Nadi...

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