The Press: America on Trial

Since its birth in 1946. France's slick Réalités Magazine (circ. 125,000 monthly in French, 65,000 in English) has harbored persistent doubts about the U.S.'s continuing vitality and sense of purpose. In 1953 the magazine sent a team across the Atlantic to take America's pulse; the report was generally favorable. But the French can be only so charitable about U.S. culture, and the misgivings remained. Now Réalités has produced another exhaustive study of the U.S., the result of a five-month, 19,000-mile tour. Prognosis, as reported by Réalités' personable Editor Alfred Max, 48: "The American volcano has not been extinguished."...

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