American Jitters  

The Dying of the Light, by Arnold A. Rogow. New York: G.B. Putnam’s Sons. 384 pp. America is bleak house. Arnold Rogow, a political scientist whose work has always transcended traditional academic divisions of labor and who combines the perspectives …



Custom of the Country  

Divorced in America, by Joseph Epstein. New York: E. P. Dutton. 318 pp. Divorce, middle-class American style in particular, is endlessly discussed and little understood. The divorce rate continues to rise (the remarriage rate as well); the statistics no longer …



A Writer’s Progress  

From the Diary of a Snail, by Gunter Grass. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 310 pp. In some sense, all writers and artists are politically engaged; they have to protect the integrity of their work from the heavy hand of …





No Single Road  

The Illusion of Equality, by Murray Milner, Jr. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 172 pp. Sociologists frequently challenge the conventional wisdom not because they are perverse but because they must pay heed whenever their data do not square with prevailing ideas. So …





Up Against the Statler-Hilton Wall  

THE DEMAND FOR DEEPER CHANGE in American society is an encouraging sign. Liberals, affirming their faith in the country, concede “the system” remains obdurate and search for policies beyond the New Deal. New Leftists, despairing of “the system,” may yet …







The U.S. as a Model  

Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber belongs to that small but influential group on the democratic Left in France which regards technological innovation as a key to a more progressive social order in Europe. These men pride themselves on their pragmatism, their lack of dogma …





Whither the Jews?  

Georges Friedmann is a Frenchman, humanist, intellectual, distinguished sociologist, Jew. I choose the order of these modifying nouns deliberately, for Friedmann, like so many assimilated Jewish intellectuals and social scientists at work in Western Europe in the period between the …