Uncle Sham

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Uncle Sham

By Kanhaya Lal Gauba
The Times Publishing Company, 1929
213 pp. $6.00
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The American reader will hope that Miss Mayo's picture of conditions in India is more accurate than this presentation of the American scene, written in reply to it. A biographical note states that the author was educated at Cambridge, England, and graduated with honors. He was chairman of the All-India Trade Union Congress and president of the Punjab Journalists' Association in 1923, and is a director of various Indian companies. His book, then, must be taken seriously, though it is wretchedly printed. Various chapters deal with the working of democracy in the United States, and with an account of the treatment meted out to the negro, but by far the larger part is given over to a consideration of the sex problem. The writer, relying upon the books of Judge Lindsey, Edith Hooker and Stephen Graham, and upon H. L. Menken's (sic) Americana, has no difficulty whatsoever in drawing a lurid, grotesque and extremely uncomplimentary picture of our civilization. In other words, the book shows once again that with a few quotations and the right spirit one can prove almost anything.