Books: Bullion Cubed

THE BILLION DOLLAR SURE THING by PAUL E. ERDMAN 248 pages. Scribners. $6.95.

The realities of the international monetary system not only outstrip fiction but have lately outrun journalism as well. What the confused layman needs is a clear explanation of the subject, adequately spiced to hedge against his devalued attention span. Paul Erdman, a 41-year-old American economist and failed Swiss banker, offers just that in a novel written while the author was being detained in jail.

Most topical novels smell of old newspaper clippings and rubber cement by the time they hit the...

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