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B.C.S.
Interview #10
Interviewee: Bennett Cerf
Interviewer: Robbin Hawkins
New York City
January 5, 1968

Q:

Let's begin today and try to pick up. Would you like to talk about Harry Scherman at all?

Cerf:

We've talked about the Book-of-the Month Club, haven't we?

Q:

We've talked about the checks. Now, is there anything more that's involved?

Cerf:

Harry was quite an economist, beside being the head of the Book-of-the-Month Club; and for years he'd been working on a book called The Promises Men Live By, highlighting the fact that governments are worse credit risks than private people. This is a book that explores the unreliability of governments, which never pay back loans.

Q:

Isn't it still in print or used in colleges?

Cerf:

It is...

Q:

I think I read it for one of my economics courses.

Cerf:

It was an enormous success. And, of course, the Book- of-the-Month was really helpful with it.



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