Books: In the American Grain

THE WAIST-HIGH CULTURE (275 pp.) —Thomas Griffith—Harper ($4).

Is equality the U.S. opiate of the classes? Does the modern American believe that a man's grasp should exceed his reach, or what's an expense account for? Is the U.S. in danger of being "a waist-high culture"—in which the best as well as the worst aim their arts and products at the middle?

These are not the questions of an Angry Young Man. They are "pebbles at the window" of complacency thrown by Thomas Griffith, 43, TIME'S Foreign Editor. Equable tempered, well wrought and carefully thought...

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