Defenders of the cultural and spiritual superiority of the American over the Communist way of life are sometimes hard put. Moscow, world capital of Communism, has as many corner bookstores as there are bars per block in New York City. And they’re crowded. One of the joys of the American booklover abroad is the countless bookstores, little and big. found in almost every European city. If cultural-spiritual superiority is gauged by what enters the mind rather than what enters the mouth, the defenders of American superiority had better look elsewhere for evidence.

The fault surely does not lie with the writers and publishers. Even in the restricted religious area, there is again promise of a lush, rich harvest of books. As do all harvests, the book harvest will bring both wheat and tares, and as always there is danger in attempting to separate them in advance. Despite the hazard, CHRISTIANITY TODAY again presents its selection of what it seems from here will be the best to come from the religious press this fall. We thank the publishers for their cooperation, without which no forecast could be made; and we hope our serious readers—ministers, librarians, college and seminary professors, and lay subscribers—will find this a helpful and selective prediction of new books to come.

The paperback revolution continues. Gone are the days when books were hard to come by, or too expensive. No longer need the poor city lad or the boy down on the farm read and reread the same books from the little family bookcase. The flood of classic texts, out-of-print standard religious and theological works, and even first printings in inexpensive paperbacks continues to come full tide. Readers may watch for them in the listings which appear in our Book ...

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