Books: Bloody Chew

THE SUMMER SOLDIER—Leane Zug-smith—Random House ($2.50).

In the hills of Kentucky's Harlan County, one day three years ago, a crusading prosecuting attorney named Elmon Middleton climbed into his coupe, stepped on the starter, blew himself to Kingdom Come. One of 18 sticks of dynamite wired to his engine had gone off. That "accident" and a whole bumper crop of anti-labor sluggings, shootings and gaggings made Harlan's rich coal veins throb with miners' blood. Last year, the La Follette Civil Liberties Committee tried applying a tourniquet; but bloody Harlan proved hemophilic.

Kentucky-born Leane Zugsmith's Summer...

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