Books: New Dreams for Old

THE RISE OF THE UNMELTABLE ETHNICS

by MICHAEL NOVAK 321 pages. Macmillan. $7.95.

Michael Novak's Slovak grandparents, oppressed by the Austro-Hungarian empire, emigrated to the United States for the classic reasons. One grandfather became a Pennsylvania farmer. One grandmother, widowed, hired out as housekeeper and laundress. Novak's parents mobiled upward, from Johnstown's Slovak ghetto to "the WASP suburb on the hill." Then Michael went the rest of the way. He is a sober-profiled Catholic professor of philosophy and religion, currently at the State University of New York. But with a book in one hand (perhaps even his own A Theology for Radical Politics)...

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