In This Review

The Time of Illusion
The Time of Illusion
By Jonathan Schell
Knopf, 1976, 392 pp

A thoughtful and deservedly acclaimed meditation on the decade which in 1974 "finally brought the American Constitutional system to the edge of breakdown." The Vietnam War was fought, says Schell, to project the image of a tough unified nation. Democracy could survive only if opposition to the war was allowed its voices. Opposition undercut the image of unity. Hence, the crunch.