Books: After the Fall

CONSEQUENCES OF FAILURE by WILLIAM R. CORSON 215 pages. Norton. $7.95.

Recent diagnosers of the national psyche have asked, and partly answered, the questions implicit in their titles. Will America's 300-year-old marathon, The Pursuit of Loneliness, never stop? inquired Philip Slater. Theodore Roszak wondered whether the counterculture of the '60s could lead to a Promised Land, Where the Wasteland Ends. Half autopsy-reporters of the American Dream, half scenario-writers of America 2001, watchers for the new greening (or the last withering) form a kind of avant-garde of prophets-in-waiting.

William R. Corson, the newest...

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