Books: A Follower's Tribute

KENNEDY by Theodore C. Sorensen. 783 pages. Harper & Row. $10.

This is no mere memoir. It is a monument—but like a monument, it has a ponderous, granitic quality. What makes this all the more disappointing is the fact that it comes from the hand of the same Ted Sorensen who, as John F. Kennedy's chief speechwriter, was partly responsible for the contrapuntal elegance and consistent eloquence of the late President's addresses.

Parts of this book have been serialized in 37 newspapers and magazines, and much has already been written about its accounts of such controversial episodes as Kennedy's choice of a Vice...