Books: Diligence

THE MAKING OF A PUBLIC MAN by Sol M. Linowitz Little, Brown; 258 pages; $19.95

He has not been on the federal payroll since the 1960s, when Lyndon Johnson named him U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States. Yet Sol Linowitz has been shaping public policy for decades, as co-negotiator of the Panama Canal treaties in the 1970s, as Jimmy Carter's special Middle East envoy, and as chairman of countless public and private bodies, from the National Urban Coalition to the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Despite his years in high places, Linowitz remains a remarkably modest man. This memoir...

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