Books: Return to Sparta

THE GERMAN TALKS BACK — Heinrich Hauser— Henry Holt ($2.50).

The German Talks Back is a shocker.

It will shock readers not merely because it is an impassioned, often hysterical defense of the Prussian tradition, but because, with the ink of the peace treaties barely dry, it brusquely awakes the war-dazed U.S. mind to the fact that suddenly there is no longer any such thing as "subversive" literature. The very freedom for which the U.S. has been fighting demands that such books be given a hearing.

"We read it," confesses Publisher Holt, "with anger [and] revulsion, [but] we recognized that these emotions . ....

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