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TRIUMPH OR TRAGEDY: REFLECTIONS ON VIETNAM by Richard N. Goodwin. 142 pages. Random House. $3.95.

Dick Goodwin, of Boston, Tufts, and Harvard Law School, was one of President Kennedy's young brain-stormers. Not yet 30, reputed to be as eloquent as the peerless Ted Sorensen but faster with his ghostwriting pen, he turned out the basic draft of J.F.K.'s famed Alliance for Progress speech. Later, L.B.J. tapped him for help in composing the even more famed Great Society address.

Though he has now moved from the White House to a Wesleyan University fellowship, Goodwin still...

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