October 1965

Night Comes to the Cumberlands—A Biography of a Depressed Area.

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By Harry M. Caudill. Price, $6.75. Pp 394, with 18 illustrations. Little, Brown & Co., 34 Beacon St, Boston, Mass 02106, 1963.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(4):618-620. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870040132029

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Recreation, Leisure and Politics. By Arnold W. Green. Price, $5.95. Pp 193. McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., 330 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, 1964.

Michael Harrington's The Other America appeared in 1962 as a reaction to Galbraith's The Affluent Society. Harrington gave facts and figures on poverty in present day, midcentury American, ie, in the country at large. Harrington's objective apparently was not to disprove what Galbraith said but to point out that Galbraith omitted areas so huge that his description of society was a distortion— a picture of a highly select small sample— better classified as a group than a society.

The Affluent Society can be said to be a view with a magnifying glass of a rich portion of the tapestry that is America. The first book under review, Caudill's Night Comes to the Cumberlands, has similarly been held to be a view with a magnifying glass over

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