Books: What's Wrong (and Right) With Bobby

THE HEIR APPARENT by William V. Shannon. 309 pages. Macmillan. $5.95.

Two themes that authors seem to find irresistible are alienated man and Robert F. Kennedy. Which will exhaust the reader first is hard to tell, but so far there have been seven books of Bobbyana, and eight are in the works, to say nothing of uncounted magazine studies.

In many respects, this examination by New York Times Editorial Writer William Shannon is more compelling than its predecessors. Shannon is a native of Massachusetts, a Harvard graduate, an Irish Catholic and a liberal Democrat—the perfect...

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