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Here Upton Sinclair offers us a novel about the Wall Street panic of 1907. He tells of a financial disaster brought on deliberately by powerful capitalists intent upon the ruin of their rivals -- fundamentally evil people who live to out-maneuver one another. We are a nation, said Sinclair, fundamentally corrupt -- our government, our banks, our industries all seek personal ruin for its own sake...Sinclair tells an engaging tale; if you don't know his work, you'd do well to take in and understand his paranoid vision...
"I am," said Reggie Mann, "quite beside myself to meet this Lucy Dupree."
"Who told you about her?" asked Allan Montague.
"Ollie’s been telling everybody about her," said Reggie. "It sounds really wonderful. But I fear he must have exaggerated."