Books: Home Thoughts from Abroad

NOTEBOOKS OF A DILETTANTE by Leopold Tyrmand. 240 pages. Macmillan. $5.95.

As a pro-American foreigner attempting to convert anti-American Americans, Leopold Tyrmand has had remarkably grim grounds for comparison. He arrived here from Poland at age 45, after living through some of the worst experiences that Western civilization has had to offer. He survived stints in Russian and German prisons in World War II, and for a time was a member of the underground. He was equally opposed to the Communist takeover of Poland at the end of the war, and in his position as a popular novelist and journalist, he became...

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