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Obscenity

In response to:

The Ordeal of George Patton from the December 31, 1964 issue

To the Editors:

I am bewildered and concerned as to the unexpected direction in which The New York Review has turned. It is a direction which I cannot be expected to follow.

I am neither a puritan or a prude. I read the John Phillips’ review of Ladislas Farago’s Patton: Ordeal and Triumph with the eye of a former machine-gunner in the 1st Infantry Division. My wife, however, does not enjoy this advantage. I feel that Mr. Phillips’ statement, “and this time Patton had fucked up for fair,” is inexcusable and detestable. Such language expresses nothing and detracts from everything…

Donald W. Corrigan

Washington, D. C.

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