Babbitt Strikes Back

Today, I conclude my notes on Arthur Vandenberg, the Michigan senator who was a staunch isolationist before World War II and then cooperated with President Truman et al. to forge international institutions (go here). In yesterday’s installment, I wrote about a book — a book whose title entered our American language: In 1922, a book went off like a stink bomb in the Midwest: Sinclair Lewis’s Babbitt. It mocked the values that Arthur Vandenberg embodied and championed. In a strange turn of events, he and Lewis became friends, or at least friendly acquaintances. Today, I quote a swatch of Vandenberg, and will
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Author: Jay Nordlinger