Glazer, Nathan. "The Troubled Air," Commentary, April, 1950.
Excerpt: One by one, our young novelists are moving from considerations of war and its aftermath to considerations of politics. Irwin Shaw has selected a narrower canvas than Norman Mailer, but he covers it far more thoroughly. It is legitimate entirely to ignore the traditional bones of novel form with which Shaw covers his political exposition, and proceed directly to the politics itself: for Shaw’s work is in effect the presentation of a political position, an attempt to explain the peculiar political scene of the 50’s.