Books: For the Gentleman Rebel

INTELLECTUAL ORIGINS OF AMERICAN RADICALISM by Staughton Lynd. 184 pages. Pantheon. $4.95.

The New Left—comprising what Bayard Rustin calls the "disaffected sons and daughters of the middle class"—has found a curiously appropriate leader in Staughton Lynd. He is the Brooks Brothers man as revolutionary. Harvard graduate, former assistant professor at Yale, he is the son of Robert S. and Helen M. Lynd, authors of Middletown and Middletown in Transition, both classic sociological studies of a small city in the 1920s and 1930s. Staughton, now 38, is best known as editor of the book...

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