Books: Second Lamentations

THE SECRET DIARIES OF HAROLD L. ICKES, Vol. II; THE INSIDE STRUGGLE, 1936-1939 (759 pp.)-Simon & Schuster ($6).

A man talking to himself can get a lot off his chest that might otherwise fester there. Not that the late Harold Le Claire Ickes was shy about clearing his chest in public. But to his diary, crusty Politician

Ickes transferred irritations that presumably even he did not care to air aloud. Like the first volume of the diary (TIME, Dec. 7), the second is a characteristic mixture of bureaucratic woolgathering and streaks of incisive candor...

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