Books: Kiss the Donkey

THE MAN WHO LIVED BACKWARD (461 pp.) — Malcolm Ross — Farrar, Straus ($3.50).

In the first fine shuffle of the New Deal, Writer Malcolm Ross was one of the bright young Ivy Leaguers who went to Washington to take a hand. Yaleman Ross sat to the left of the dealer and played his cards ably. Soon he was publicity chief of the NLRB and a mover & shaker in U.S. labor policy. After a rough ride as chairman of the controversial FEPC, "Mike" Ross quit government in 1946, moved to Florida and went back to writing books.

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