Books: Condemned to Life

LIFE PLUS 99 YEARS (381 pp.)—Nathan F.Leopold Jr.—Doubleday ($5.50).

"I don't want to think about those sordid things," writes Nathan Leopold. He may have written this memoir partly to help ease his burden of guilt about "those things," though the book reads less like a cathartic confession than the garrulous, sometimes querulous recollections of a man who had all the time in the world and seems to think that his audience has as much.

Before being paroled (TIME, March 3), Leopold served 33 years of his sentence (life plus 99 years) in Illinois prisons for his share in the "Crime of the Century."...

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