Books: Salvation & Solvency

OLD MCDONALD HAD A FARM—Angus McDonald— Houghton, Mifflin ($2.75).

This agrarian Life With Father (Literary guild selection for April) sells the program of the U.S. Soil Conservation in the person of an Oklahoma divine who was also a dirt farmer. It is written by his son Angus. Old McDonald was a man so canny and cantankerous that not only farmers but everybody else chuckle at his antics—the rather stirring antics of a tough old man practicing as well as preaching a primitive American philosophy: that use of the soil is a privilege, not a...

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