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Blood Is Cheaper Than Water
Blood Is Cheaper Than Water
By Quincy Howe
Simon and Schuster, 1939, 223 pp

Mr. Howe ceases twisting the British lion's tail long enough to tell Americans that, since they are convinced there is going to be another general war into which they will be almost certainly drawn -- a fact uncovered by the Fortune poll -- they might as well get as much out of it as possible in political and economic advantages. In other words, in this empire-ridden world the United States should collect an empire of its own. Mr. Howe takes it for granted that when the hour of decision comes, the "Peace Party" -- composed of isolationists, old-line Republicans, Hearst, Father Coughlin, as well as Socialists and assorted liberals -- will be overcome by the "War Party" -- likewise a strange aggregation of foreign traders, anti-Fascist liberals, pro-Soviet radicals, led by the State Department whose only policy (according to Mr. Howe) is to follow Britain unquestioningly. The reader is left wondering whether Mr. Howe's tongue is in his cheek, or whether he is just an exhibitionist.