Books: Maximum John

TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT by John J. Sirica Norton; 391 pages; $15

Boxing had always seemed more enticing to him than a career in law. He skipped college and twice dropped out of law school. Even after passing the bar, he offered so little promise that for a year no law firm would hire him. After an undistinguished career, he became a federal judge because of his capacities as a political fund raiser. Such are hardly the credentials for stature. But when the nation faced its...

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