The Vital Center

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The Vital Center

By Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr
Houghton, 1949
274 pp. $3.00

A young American historian and Pulitzer Prize winner restates the case for a dynamic, purposeful liberalism as against the totalitarianisms of the Left and Right, and offers specific suggestions for enlarging and fortifying our present freedoms. Describing himself as a "non-Communist Leftist," he defends the general aims and most of the achievements of the New and Fair Deals. If he fires his heaviest broadsides at the Communists, it is because he believes that for the moment they represent a greater danger than the Fascists.

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