Marya Mannes, Morris West, Willard Wirtz

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Marya Mannes discusses her book "Will It Sell." She speaks of being a woman and also of American culture. She contrasts her own personality and work to that of Helen Gurley Brown, author of "Sex and the Single Girl." Noting that Brown teaches girls how to unbutton their shirts while Mannes encourages girls to unbutton their minds. She goes on to talk about the controlling nature of commercialism. She also notes her lack of interest in fashion and appearance.

Next, Morris West is introduced. His novel, "The Ambassadors," details the war in Vietnam. He expresses his shock at the Catholic regime in South Vietnam against the Buddhists, he also notes his surprise at the Catholic press in Australia, his home country, who seemed to justify the actions of the Nhu regime. In reaction to these events West decided to go to South Vietnam to see for himself what was happening. He observes that the country is not at all homogeneous, and that many families who are perhaps Catholic or Buddhist also practice and ancient form of animism, the country is also multi-lingual and multi-racial. He also notes that Vietnam has been occupied for decades by various nations. He then describes how a member of the American CIA asked West to report on his conversations with Nhu. He speaks generally about avoiding the pitfalls that have faced Vietnam - letting a policy become a dogma.

Finally, Willard Wirtz, Secretary of Labor, speaks. He discusses domestic problems. He discusses technology and "social engineering," including laws that end discrimination. He also discusses labor issues. He speaks of the implications of disparate economic wealth, education, and employment.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

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