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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 8, September 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 8, September 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date September 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript the reviews, she claimed, were "bad". But. as she told a librarians' conference, she had a painful problem: what should she do about the unusual number of requests for the Castle book ? To the untutored, the answer would appear obvious. Give the public what it wants. Or, at least, the librarian should have icael lhe book giving her such pain. Bul she had not. She told Mr. Castle her opinion of it was based solely on the re\ iews. Eventually, her painful dilemma wets resolved. She ordered the Castle book. It should be emphasized that, as in Teaneck, many librarians may be unaware that, by refusing to purchase a book beeause of certain reviews, they're unwitting accessories in the crime of "book-burning." More than 12.1100 boob are published annually. Obviously, few librarians can read more than a handful. Obviously, too. few libraries can purchase e\er\ book. Most librarians, therefore, rely on certain publications for guidance on what in purchase. Rarely do thev decide on the basis of public demand. The Castle book, fm example, stirred up extraordinarily large requests in the nation's libraries, to judge from a sampling. *1 et, as Boston's chief librarian admits, such demand is no determining influence. Neither, thc Bostonian said, i- lhe fact that a book, -inh a- Castle's, hit national best-seller lists of both thi- \eu York Times anel the- Herald Tribune. What i- important an- iln- reviews appearing in tin- Times Sunday Book Sections anil such trade sources eii- the Library Journal and lhe Virginia Kirkus tip sheet. Miss Kirkus' ideological predilections can be seen in her attack on the new Ralph de Toledano anti-Communist novel for failing in contribute to international understanding, \pparently this means that anti-Bed manuscripts should be submitted to the Kremlin for approval. Books like' Billions, Blunders ami Baloney rarel) meet with Miss Kirku-' acceptance. In the Times, the Castle- book was subjected lo ei hatchet job. more \inelie-ii\e' than usual. The Library Journal also denounced the book. The Journal, since il caters specifically to librarians, has an enormous sa\ over whal Vmericans find in their li- braries. I nfortunately, its recommendations generally an- questionable. John Caldwell, a writer nn the Far East, studied the- Journal's choices in his field. Invariably, hi' told a Senate committee I.i-l year, luniks critical of tin- Chinese Nationalists are touted. Anti- Communist 1 k-. In- said, -inh ei- Ger- aldine Fitch's Formosa Beachhead, either are condemned or ignored. Books sym- Page 50 I rge your friends to ask for FACTS FORUM NEWS at ihe newsstand, or gel extra copies there for lliem. If your news dealer does nol have FACTS FORUM NEWS, tell leiiii il is now easy lo (ret and easy to sell. pathetic with congressional probes, such as Burnham's It eb of Subversion, are rarely recommended. Unsurprisingly, therefore, the Journal described the- Castle book as "ein intemperate attack, often bordering on the hysterical . . . unfortunate . . . noisy manner of presentation. . . ." Librarians were advised tn "await ,\c- nieinel." meaning thev shnulel ke-cp l.ei-- ile- nut of their libraries unless the demand was overwhelming. By giving such aiKiee'. lhe- Journal has arrogated fnr ilself the powers "1 ;e censor. If anyone else presumed lo tell librarians whal not lo buy. lhe Jouriiiit undoubtedly would accuse him nf "book- burning.9 Thi' Journal's influence is enormous, according tn Boston's chief librarian. John M. Carroll. In order in accommodate local tastes, Boston's library system supplements the trade papers with it- own reading system. This consists of "five representative branch librarians, advised b) ministers anil other communit) leaders," Mi. Carroll -aid. Tin- committee decides on ei I k's nn tils en lack nf them on the basis "f trade reviews, as well ei- one submitted b) a local reader. Tin- committee's analysis then is sent In tin- vetri- mis branch libraries. Ibii'- whal weis sent out on Billions. Blunders and Baloney, This lunik i- subtitled 'The fantastic -ieirv eel how Uncle Sain is se|iiati(iering your iiiiiiii*\ overseas." It might In- well tn mite- tlieet tin- emphasis lu thi- statement -hiiulr] he on tin- word '"fantastic." If Mr. Castle lieeel been ee ['it la— tanlee-tu elieel a hit more factual hi- book would have carried greater ue'i^ht. Ill this -ennui and tiirv treatment lu- pulls no punches and is impartial in his criticism from the President down. Before deciding in l>u> ihi- item, it might la' we'll tee rcael the' following re- views: ^eu York Times Hemk Review, February 13, page 22; Veti York Herald Tiil,nn. Hunk Review, February 20, page 5: Saturday lln inc. February 26, peem- 11. \ie importanl subjeel nut tun adroitl) handled. I ndoubtedly then- ivill lu- calls fnr this title: in leu I there hee\e' eelia-eleK been many eal Is. but buy with caution. Nut leer replacement Mr. Carroll frankly admitted this comment was "not designed lo encourage purchase of the book." He said it was not unusual to cite reviews appearing in the two New York newspapers. Mr. Carroll was unaware that New England's best-known newsman, the Boston Herald's Bill (ainningham, hail devoted a Sunday column of some 4,000 words I" high praise nf lhe' Castle bunk. Or thai both the Boston Globe eunl Boston Post heul warmly recommended the heieek. "Local newspaper appraisals generally are nol profound," Mr. Carroll explained, 'moreover, we -ce-k guidance in i - commercial sources. The fact that, as reported by the library ilself. "there have already been many calls" for the Castle hnnk was unimportant. "This occurs from lime to time, he said. "A newspaper will refer to ei book, or Walter \\ inchell mighl mention it, eunl there is phei lenal interest. Which is whal happened in lhe Case of Castle. Librarians know when the public wants to read. We seek to avoid deadwood, books not likely to have permanenl \ eiluc. Mr. Carroll voiced bewildermenl in the interest shown in the circular carrying comment on the Castle I k. "After all," he said, "we can'l read everything. Theit. of course', is nol the issue'. Tin- issue concerns the objectivit) of those empowered to recommend bunks. In Boston, al least, thai objectivit) is questionable. Consider the Boston analysis nl I'.niiK lleihn's sympathetic biography of Chiang Kai-shek. This recenl lunik was described ets "designed for th* China lobby appeal. . . . \nl all readers will agree with her interpretation. . ■ - There «ill be a demand, but il is nol ' first choice. ... A more unbiased interpretation may be forthcoming. The cliched phraseolog) clearl) reveals the leftward thinking of those who have- et lot to -a\ about w hell is purchased b) Boston libraries. Obviously the hoped-for "more unbiased interpretation" of Chiang's li'1' would I"- the traditional one picturing the Cismo as ee scoundrel. However, Ed- win ll. Reischauer's (( anicd In IsW" Policy was recommended. In urging eventual recognition of Bed China, I'11" book takes the Lattimore line. \- stated, the merits of these I k* are not the issue. The' real issue is whether librarians should In- permitted to pul their """ form nf "thoughl ei'lllnil" Over "ll il"' American people. And. whether those in high placcSi from lln- While House down, will tak' cognizance nl this form nf insulin"" "book-burning." as they did see forth' rightly when ee \\ isconsin senator sough' in remove Communist bonks tin"1 I nited States overseas propaganda "' braries. FACTS FORUM NEWS, September, 195s of
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