Books: Notes from the Mountain

NO EASY VICTORIES by John W. Gardner, edited by Helen Rowan. 177 pages. Harper & Row. $4.95.

John W. Gardner is a political man for all seasons. The chairman of the Urban Coalition, he is a Republican who served under both Democratic Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, spending 21 years as Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare in Johnson's Cabinet. When Gardner was HEW Secretary, Johnson effusively declared that he "can take you up on the mountain and show you the promised land. And what's more, he can lead you there." This modest book is...

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