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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BERTRAND RUSSELL: 1914-1944. 418 pages. Little, Brown. $8.95.

Bertrand Russell is one of the world's most penetrating thinkers within the disciplines of mathematics and philosophy, and one of the most provocative, not to say infuriating, outside them. Yet he has ventured only timidly and superficially into the field of self-confession. Now 96, he is nearly fanatical in his public utterances, notably those concerning his anti-American position on the Viet Nam war, but he is not a driven author who boldly and recklessly storms the secret vaults of his own life....

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