Newsbooks: The Lasky Lash

Critical judgment is the basis of all good reporting. In Robert F. Kennedy: The Myth and the Man (Trident Press, $6.95), Victor Lasky is simply critical. His singleminded judgment is that ev erything Robert Kennedy ever did was ill-motivated or wrong — usually both. To back that up, he has compiled 407 pages of quotations and anecdotes, mostly from newspapers, magazines, books and anonymous journalists and politicians. For example, as evidence that Kennedy was not far enough left on an issue, he quotes Ramparts. To bear wit ness that Kennedy was not far enough right,...

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