Books: Caucasian Connection

THE THIRTEENTH TRIBE by ARTHUR KOESTLER 255 pages. Random House. $8.95.

The unblinking eye of Eastern mysticism, the dark side of Western technology, the enigmas of order and chance, the uncharted rills of the brain—no subject has been too forbidding for Arthur Koestler's exuberant curiosity. Now, at 70, he is the intellectual's Robert Ripley, presenting sideshows of believe-it-or-not facts and controversial speculations.

This time out, Koestler offers what he clearly intends to be an astounding fact—that the majority of the world's 14 million Jews are not Semites. Most European and American Jews, he...

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