Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on June 4, 1960 · Page 15
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 15

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Frankfurter's Frankness Reviewed by BEN RAY REDMAN FEUX FRANKFURTER REMINISCES. An intimate portrait as recorded m talks with Dr. Harlaa B. Phillips. Reynal ft O. $5.75. The story of Felix Frankfurter k one of those of which it may be said, "It could happen only id America." A Jewish lad from Austria arrives in this country when he is not yet 12 and 44 years later he is named a Justice of the Supreme Court. Much of this story is told in "Felix Frankfurter Reminisces," and it is told in a remarkable way: in a series of tape recorded interviews with Dr. Marian Phillips of the Oral History Department of Columbia University, the function of this depart- being being to accumulate reminiscences of important presons for the use of historians and biographers. Justice Frankfurter tells us that when these recordings were taped six years ago there was no thought of making them available to the public, but that --"whether through weakness or good nature"--he has consented to their publication. We may be grateful that he was either weak or good natured, for the present volume takes us behind the scenes of much 20th century history. To the Oral Historian the Justice must have proved a delight. Only the briefest of questions was required to release a flood of reminiscent talk in which sentence flowed into sentence, thought jostled thought, and digression followed digression. The speaker let grammar go hang, allowed syntex to run its own spontaneous course, used slang with relish, and put no censorial curb on either his opinions or his emotions. The man whom we come to know through all this talk is ebullient, supremely intelligent but also sentimental, shrewd in action, fearless, contemptuous of precedent, a radical reformer, capable of strong likes and dislikes, and, for all his modest disclaimers, serenely satisfied with his own ability and worth. He is "a romantic believer in reason," and "a reverent agnostic." He is a legal philosopher who holds that the most interesting aspect of our times is "the rapidity in the rate of change brought about not by law but brought about by events and circumstances to which law must conform more wr less." That he has played a leading part in accelerating this FELIX FRANKFURTER Indiscreet conformity is a fact that has brought him fame and obloquy. The account of the successive stages of his upward journey, including government service during two world wars, is fascinating; but even more fascinating, perhaps, than the record of his own activities are the portraits that he sketches of the public characters whom he met and with whom he worked, whom he admired and whom he despised, along the way. Seldom has a man written of his contemporaries with such uninhibited candor. He has had his heroes, like Henry Stimson; he has had his villains, like Justice McReynolds. He has also had his fools, and no man has ever suffered them less NEW BOOKS gtadly. They have been numerous, but looming high above the rest is the figure of Henry Mor- genthau, Sr., the "great" ambassador to Turkey ("he was just a lot of hot air. He just had no sense") and the description of the Morgenthau Mission to detach Turkey from its World War . I allies is pure farce. Teddy Roosevelt is the subject of one of the liveliest portraits, F.D.R. sits for one of the vaguest. The present volume ends discreetly with Felix Frankfurter's appointment to the Supreme Court in 1939. It is the only discreet feature of the book. O . O 0 Mr. Redman is associated with The Saturday Review. Automatic Best-Seller THE CHAPMAN REPORT. By Irving Wallace. Simo* * Schuster. $4.51. K this novel be any guide, the sex habits of American married women are singular indeed; almost a third of them «p to the age of 32 have had extra-marital relationships, and well over a third have committed infidelity by the age of 46. So says Irving Wallace in"The Chapman Report," and if you remind me that this is merely a work of fiction, I suggest you take another look at the Kinsey Reports and the startling facts they reveal. This much-boomed novel is, indeed, based to a large extent ·a the survey of American sex habits conducted by Dr. Kinsey «*d his team of investigators, fa the novel the scientist U called Dr. Chapman, and his ·wrvey U confined to the Ameri- aaa Married Female. With this ac a springboard, Mr. Wallace ha« worked up a story of boudoir behavior that will automatically turn his book into a best-seller. The setting he has chosen for his experiment is a better-than- · average suburb of Los Angeles. It is the married women of this community who volunteer to be interviewed by Dr. Chapman's research staff. Up to this point the book will remind you of Kinsey, except that the bare statistics of the latter are fleshed out with characters, dialogue and descriptions. But where Kinsey leaves off, Wallace begins. He leads us into the private lives of his female guinea pigs, disclosing their motives for lifting the curtain on their sex lives--as well as the consequences. One gets the impression that most married women welcome a chance to talk about their suppressed sex secrets--which may or may not actually be me case. The story doesn't end there. The author develops his individual cases into melodramatic climaxes--including murder and rape--that are more sensational than convincing. The chief investigator for Dr. Chapman is a scientist who falls in love with one of his subjects, and the book reaches its happy ending when the pair puts their sex compatibility to a practical test. If the reader, having borne with me so far, is under the impression that this is merely an essay in fictional sexcitement, I can hardly blame him or her. But the book is more than that. The author is a serious writer on literary and biographical themes, arid buried in this highly-colored novel are some serious, searching discussions between scientists on the validity and usefulness of sex surveys like the Kinsey Reports, These lengthy discussions grapple with ·ex problems in an academic yet practical manner which the reader will find as illuminating a« they are candid. It it in these passages that the novel justifies its reason for being, aiKi, by the same token, H is for these passages, rather than their sexsational episodes, that it should be read. For here the author himself raises doubts ac to the value of such sex surveys in general. --John Barkham Among the new books announced by publishers for release next week are: FICTION DEATH-WISH G R E E N . By Frances Crane. Random. $2.95. Pat and Jean Abbott happen to be handy when Katie Spinner falls, jumps or is pushed off the Golden Gate Bridge, and are soon busily sleuthing in the midst of San Francisco's beatniks. GIDEON'S RISK. By J. J. Mar- ric. Harper. |2.95. Even while he investigates » young girl's disappearance, a new killing, and a stolen car racket, Gideon of Scotland Yard makes a daring attempt to prove that the wealthy and powerful Borgman long ago murdered his first wife. A CHANGE OF MIND. By G. M. Glaskin. Doublcday. $3.95. Edward was a successful accountant, comfortably middle- aged, when a hypnotic accident gave him the young and virile body of his friend. Roger--and gave the baffled Roger Edward's body, his job, and his wife. PILGRIMS IN PARADISE. By Frank G. Slaughter. Doubleday, $3.95. On a 16th century island in the Bahamas, the rivalry grew between the religious bigot, Silas, and his doctor brother, Paul. To complicate their difference, Paul fell in love with his brother's fiancee, Silas condemned the lovely Lilli as a witch, and the Spaniards attacked Hie small settlement. DROWNED MAN'S LODE. By · R o b e r t McCraig. Macmillan. $2.95. Engineer Mike Kendall, with his own urgent personal reasons for draining the Castle Lode, gets caught in the middle of a violent war between Jason Tarow, determined to see the mine cleared, and the ruthless Phil van Zandt, so eager to destroy it. THE CASE OF THE DUPLICATE DAUGHTER. By 'Erie Stanley Gardner. Morrow. $2.95. Perry Mason and his wily assistants fight the usual stiff opposition from district attorney Hamilton Burger when they handle a case of murder, mixed identities, and clever but uncooperative witnesses. T H E S T A R S I N T H E I R ! COURSES. By Harry Brown. Knopf. $4.50. On a yellow summer day in 1879, Luke R a n - dall, son of a cattle king became 21. On the same day, his brother began to woo another man's wife. Arch Eastmore came back from Mexico with a death sentence on him, and a range war blew up like » prairie fire over a dried-up river. GENERAL MR. CITIZEN. By Harry Truman. Geis. $5. Ex-President Truman, in his breezy, informal arid sometimes slangy way, tells what it is like to stop being Hie country's and the world's top executive and become "Mr. Citizen." He also writes frankly about political events since he left the White House, political personages, and his own opinions on problems of today and tomorrow. THE T H I R D MYSTIC OF AVILA. By Frances Parkinson Keyes with Muna Lee. Farrar, Strauss and Cudahy. $4.30. The first translation of the penetrating moving diary--written at the request of her confessor-of the 16th century Spanish girl, Maria Vela, who at 15 entered the Cistercian convent of Santa Ana at Avila and experienced, during her lifetime, the traditional visions, · voices, ecstasies, depressions etc., of the mystics. IMPERIAL CAESAR. By Rex Warner. Little, Brown. $5. This second volume in the life of Julius Caesar (the first was "The Young Caesar") covers the last 15 years of the great Roman leader's career, which included the conquest of Gaul and the long campaign against Pompey. THE SELECTED WRITINGS OF SALVATORE QUASIMODO. Translated by Allen Mandelbaum. Farrar, Strauss and Cudahy. $5. The first American appearance of the poetry of the man who won this year's No1et Prize for literature. Besides representative poems, this book includes an essay on poetry and one on Dante. ON IMMANUEL KANT RE/vO- ER, Edited by Raymond Blakney. Harper. $5. Representative selections from the writings of one of the outstanding philosophers in western culture, with commentaries Riving the background malarial about uV philosophical matter under discussion. THE OVERSEAS AMERICAN. By Harlan Cleveland. McGraw- Hill. $5. A study of the problems besetting the American population now serving or living abroad, with concrete suggestions for training programs in advance to help Americans understand the ways of foreign peoples so that conflict can be resolved or avoided altogether. CAN WE END THE COLD WAR. By Leo Perla. Macmillan. $4.50. The author makes suggestions- many of them contrary to current thinking on international relations -- on how the United States can create better understanding with Russia. JUNIOR ART CLASSES Summer, 1960 5 Full Morning Classes Painting, Drawing, Design, Clay Modeling Aees 5-8 Meet MI Wednesdays--June 15, 22, 2», July C, It Ages S-14 Meet on Tuesdays--Jun* 34, 21, 28, July 3, 12 (one make-up class for vacationers or illness free of charge) Tuition $17J« cover* instruction and materials. Pt«as« enroll as soon as possible at the TUCSON ART CENTER 125 WEST FRANKLIN ST. PHONE MAin 2-»4« FATHER'S DAY GIFTS · Sh*aW«r Pan* I S*tf BOOKS · "Wa««r «f Life," by Henry Morton Robinson. Sweeping Ms- toricaJ novel moves around a whisky making dynasty. · "DeMpM?" by the man, himself. Walloping account of the Champ's struggles and triumphs. · "FleMing's Travel GuMe ta E«r«pe." 1980-1961 edition. CASAS ADOBES BOOK STORE Ca*«t Ad»b«f Wat* CY 7-082 SATURDAY, JUNE 4, I960 TUCSON DAILY CITIZEN PAGE 15

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