"The Neurotic Trillionaire: A Surveyof Mr. Nixon's America," by Norman Macrae. 112 pages. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. $4.95 An informed foreign analyst often puts into perspective what Americans fail to see. The value of Macrae's work for all of us, whether conservative or liberal, is that his analysis strikes a balance between what former H.E.W. Secretary John Gardner referred to as the views of the "uncritical lovers of America," and their opponents, "the unloving critics."
William H. Becker, assistant professor of history, University of Maryland
"The Methuselah Enzyme," by Fred Mustard Stewart. 245 pages. Arbor House. $5.95
In Ancient times, men believed they could avoid old age by sleeping between two young girls . . . Fred Stewart has taken the fear of aging, combined it with greed and cupidity and accomplished a portrait of the extremes to which men are willing to go for youth and riches. But, it is a stiff, unconvincing book . . . much of the dialogue is unreal . . . the characters unnatural . . . And yet, there's something about the overall plot that makes this one of those books you can't put down until it's finished.