In This Review

The Spoiled Child of the Western World: The Miscarriage of the American Idea in Our Time
The Spoiled Child of the Western World: The Miscarriage of the American Idea in Our Time
By Henry Fairlie
Doubleday, 1976, 350 pp.

If Edmund Burke were alive and living in the United States, he could have written this perceptive lament. Fairlie sees Americans drifting selfishly, permissively, with little memory of or respect for community values.