Books: The Myth of Revolution

THE OPIUM OF THE INTELLECTUALS (324 pp.)—Raymond Aron—Doubleday ($4.50).

French intellectuals are never happier than when planting the horns of a dilemma on another Frenchman's head. Raymond Aron, brilliant political commentator and Sorbonne professor of philosophy, contends that this intellectual thingumbobbery makes French thinkers and their followers so outrageous and opinionated, so unable to get along with one another, that it is a wonder France exists at all.

In the dry, derisive manner of the best French writing, Aron indicts the French intelligentsia for committing treason against the West, and he does much to elucidate a mystery that bedevils the friends of...

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