The Press: What the Fuss Was About

Last week's Look was printed amid utmost secrecy. Shipped out in sealed trains and trucks, the magazines quickly sold out on newsstands across the U.S. Subscription copies were stolen from the mail. Xeroxed facsimiles passed from hand to hand.

Naturally. It was, after all, the first installment of The Death of a President. Yet readers, after getting through these first four chapters, may well have asked themselves what all the fuss was about.

There was little that was new or start ling. The 1,600 words that Jackie deleted were hardly missed. Manchester wrote slickly; yet he did not indulge in emotionalism nor did...

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