Books

A New Deal Hero
July 01, 1985

Harold Ickes of the New Deal by Graham White and John Maze (Harvard University Press, 263 pp., $20) The title of this book gives the reader hope that the authors will open a window on the idealism, the accomplishments, and the significance of the people who made up the Roosevelt administration. But that hope quickly dims. The book presents only a minuscule part of the story of the New Deal that transformed the stark capitalism of the 1920s into the welfare state of the 1930s.

In Praise of Spying
July 01, 1985

Secrecy and Democracy: The CIA in Transition by Stansfield Turner (Houghton Mifein, 304 pp., $16.95)  "Arrogant, insensitive, absurd ideas … [he] has ruined the place. …" That was the common run of rightward Washington comment on Stansfield Turner as director of Central Intelligence by the end of 1977, his first year in office. By then Jimmy Carter no longer maintained his deceptive pretension to bi-Pauline balance.

Separate But Equal
July 01, 1985

In the Company of Educated Women: A History of Women and Higher Education in America by Barbara Miller Solomon (Yale University Press, 298 pp., $25)  Women in College: Shaping New Feminine Identities by Mirra Komarovsky (Basic Books, 355 pp., $19.95) Alma Mater: Design and Experience in Women's Colleges from Their Nineteenth-Century Beginnings to the I930s by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz (Knopf, 420 pp., $25)  “The absurdity of sending ladies to college, may, at first thought, strike every one, to whom this subject shall be proposed.

Chip of Fools
August 20, 1984

Before rushing blindly into the computer age, we need to remind ourselves that events have already falsified most of the predictions about “postindust

Art and Apartheid
April 09, 1984

J.M. Coetzee on Athol Fugard.

The Fascination of Henry Adams
August 01, 1983

Adams after his death in 1918 was to emerge as one of his century’s recovered modernists—like Whitman, Melville, Dickinson.

The Fascination of Henry Adams
August 01, 1983

The voluminous Adams papers now being gradually published by the Massachusetts Historical Society are a national archive in themselves. These magnific

The Spell of Fagin
June 20, 1983

Oliver Twist can attract and hold almost every kind of imagination, since its main figures—the defenseless waif, the devilish fence, the unctuous bead

A Keynes for All Seasons
June 20, 1983

Had Keynes chosen to play the establishment game, he almost surely would have succeeded Alfred Marshall as the dominant academic authority of his gene

Sex Provided
February 23, 1982

Has nakedness ever been for people what it now is for us? This is an important and philosophical question. A woman undressing in a film made in 1919 r

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