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A novelist writing on a subject
close to his heart runs a great risk.
If he's not careful, the myriad details
of his favorite subject—fascinating
to him, paralyzing to his
readers — will swamp his story in
a morass of facts.
But when such an author can
control his topic, sticking to background
color that's pertinent to
what he has to say, then he can
produce a compelling novel, and
Richard Dougherty has done it.
Dougherty has just written a
book called "The Commissioner,"
which deals with life in a big
city's police department. Of all the
isolated worlds comprising a metropolis,
the cops are probably the
least understood. If they're good
police, nobody notices them; if,
surrounded by crime, they become
tainted, they're roasted by press
and public alike.
"The Commissioner" captures
what it's like to inhabit a world
like this. Its characters sound and
act like real cops, facing real (and
sometimes insoluble) problems.
Mr. Dougherty's protagonist, a firm
but human man, heads the nation's
biggest urban police force, that of
the City of New York; in this hotseat,
the Commissioner handles
himself as a real one would, giving
a little here, standing on his principles
when he can.
Richard Dougherty's credentials
as a novelist and as a police expert
are impressive. He's the author of
two highly-praised works of fiction,
"A Summer World" and "Duggan,"
and he once was Deputy Commissioner
for Community Relations of
the New York Police. If you like
real expertise in fact and fiction,
you'll like "The Commissioner."
"The Commissioner" ($4.95), by
Richard Dougherty, is published by
Doubleday & Company, Inc., 575
Madison Avenue, New York 22, N.Y.
Copies are available at your local
bookseller or at any of the 30 Dotibleday
Book Shops, one of which is located
at 655 Fifth Avenue, New York
November 3, 1962
18 How Much Can the Movies Say?
by Arthur Mayer
21 The Price of Peace: Who Should
Pay? by John G. Stoessinger
28 The Use and Misuse of Polls: An
55 Reaching the Heart of South America,
by John Lear and Allan R.
7 First of the Month, by Cleveland
12 Trade Winds, by Jerome Beatty, Jr.
16 Manner of Speaking, by John Ciardi
25 Literary I.Q.
29 Letters to the Editor
30 TV and Radio, by Robert Lewis
31 Booked for Travel, by Horace Sutton
39 Music to My Ears, by Irving Kolodin
40 Broadway Postscript, by Henry
41 SR Goes to the Movies, by Hollis
48 Literary Crypt
71 Kingsley Double-Crostic No. 1492
23 Literary Horizons: Granville Hicks
reviews "Henry James," Vols.
II and III, by Leon Edel
24 Democracy Speaks Many Tongues,
by Richard Waverly Poston
25 A Primer of Economic Development,
bv Robert J. Alexander
26 African Profiles, by Ronald Segal;
A Short History of Africa, by
Roland Oliver and J. D. Page;
The Arab Role in Africa, by
27 The Blue Nile, by Alan Moorehead
42 The Artist's Voice, by Katharine Kuh
44 Great Drawings of All Time, edited
by Ira Moskowitz
46 Under the Circumstances, by Kimon
47 Genius, bv Patrick Dennis
48 Brendan Behan's Island, by Brendan
49 Cyclone Carry, by Carleton Beals
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Table of Contents
First of the Month
by Cleveland Amory, pp. 7-11 -
by Jerome Beatty, Jr., pp. 12-15 -
Manner of Speaking
by John Ciardi, pp. 16-17 -
How Much Can the Movies Say?
by Arthur Mayer, pp. 18-20 -
The Price of Peace
by John G. Stoessinger, pp. 21-22 -
by Granville Hicks, p. 23 -
The World Begins with People
by Stringfellow Barr, p. 24 -
No Panacea for Poverty
by Ferdinand Kuhn, p. 25 -
Shades of Darkness
by Hal Lehrman, p. 26 -
The Eagle and the Sphinx
by Leonard Cottrell, p. 27 -
The Blue Nile, by Alan Moorehead
The Blue Nile
by Alan Moorehead
The Use and Misuse of Polls
, p. 28 -
Letters to the Editor
, p. 29 -
TV and Radio
by Robert Lewis Shayon, p. 30 -
Booked for Travel
by Horace Sutton, pp. 31-38 -
Music to My Ears
by Irving Kolodin, p. 39 -
by Henry Hewes, p. 40 -
Movies: The Modern Temper
by Hollis Alpert, p. 41 -
Comments from the Creators
by Howard Conant, pp. 42-43 -
Pen, Brush, Paper, and Genius
by A. Hyatt Mayor, pp. 44-45 -
An Ancient Melancholy
by Andonis Decavalles, p. 46 -
Appointment at Casa Ximinez
by Hollis Alpert, p. 47 -
O to be a Werefolf
by Eugene Goodheart, p. 47 -
Streets Broad and Narrow
by Michael Campbell, p. 48 -
Lady with a Hatchet
by Alma Lutz, p. 49 -
Political Plot or Sad Necessity?
by David Donald, pp. 49-54 -
The Trial of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, by Homer Croy
The Trial of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln
by Homer Croy
Reaching the Heart of South America
by John Lear, pp. 55-57 -
by Allan R. Holmberg, p. 58 -
A Contagious Experiment
by Henry F. Dobyns, Carlos Monge, and Mario..., pp. 59-62 -
A Cry of Freedom for Ten Million?
by John P. Gillin, p. 63 -
The Research Frontier
by Robert C. Cook, p. 64 -
Letters to the Science Editor
, pp. 65-70 -
Kingsley Double-Crostic No. 1492
, pp. 71-72 -
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