Books: Tourist with a Long View

BETWEEN MAULE AND AMAZON by Arnold J. Toynbee. 154 pages. Oxford University Press. $5.

Arnold Toynbee showed in his ten-volume Study of History that he could juggle the lives of civilization as confidently as lesser chroniclers dwell on the vagaries of municipal elections. Although his 1961 Reconsiderations amounted to an admission of error in some of the principles that sustained his Study, the work did not topple. Now, at 78, Toynbee is ready to cope with various mundane matters. He has taken note of the hippies ("A red warning light for the American way of life") and clashed head-on with advertising ("The...

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