Books: Uninhibited Ha-Ha

I AM THINKING OF MY DARLING—Vincent McHugh — Simon & Schuster ($2.50).

This book is a light fantastic case his tory of the hlehhana epidemic which swept Manhattan in an unnamed year, made everybody uninhibited and hence happy. It is also the history of unsmiling Jim Rowan, Acting Commissioner of New York's Department of City Planning, who had to cope with the public and private consequences of the euphoric disaster.

The outbreak began one February. Suddenly everybody started laughing. Grinning millions walked out on their jobs. At Pennsylvania Station a train announcer bawled: "Express...