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Author's Statement
W
HY DID
I
WRITE THIS BOOK?
I
have lived a long, active, interest–
packed life covering the last eight
and a half years of the 19th century and all of the
twentieth to the present.
I have lived through the horse and buggy age, the
automobile and industrial age, the air age, the nuclear
age and now into the space age. I have seen America live
through the agrarian age when farmers walked behind
their horse-drawn ploughs singing happily, and into the
urban age when Midwest American farmers are
groaning and fighting for more government subsidies to
prevent the extinction of farm life.
I have seen this twentieth century develop into a
state of awesome advancement and achievement
industrially and technologically. Paradoxically, I have
seen alarming escalation of appalling evils, crime and
violence and the crucible of nuclear war develop to
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