Plenty of People


    "THIS book is an attempt to introduce the lay reader to the problems of population growth", says the preface. The author outlines—no more— the major economic, social, and military problems arising from populations either too big or too small for the areas which they inhabit. The fifteen chapters (or rather fifteen essays in random order) cover a world survey of population growth, with useful statistical material on birth- and death-rates, and a discussion of the relationship between population growth and age-composition, war, migration, international trade, and the treatment of minorities. A section on eugenics blames family environment rather than heredity for producing delinquent offspring from delinquent stock. Finally, the author describes existing population policies, particularly Germany's, and suggests a policy for the United States.

    Plenty of People

    By Warren S. Thompson. (Science for War and Peace Series.) Pp. x + 246. (Lancaster, Pa.: Jaques Cattell Press, 1944.) 2.50 dollars.

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