New York: Swinging Soothsayer

He has lucid views on everything from Franklin Delano Roosevelt's love life to the inner tensions of Mark Twain, from the perils of superpatriotism in the Age of Lyndon Johnson to the paucity of privacy in the Moment of William Manchester. His articles appear in magazines ranging from the Ladies' Home Journal to TV Guide, and his features flicker on the tube from Today to Tonight, expressing, all in one, the horn-rimmed wisdom of the scholar, the sophistication of balding middle age—and the omniscient satisfaction of the eternal Quiz Kid. By this...

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