Books: Defender of Pariahs

ONE MAN'S FREEDOM (344 pp.)−Edward Bennett Williams−Atheneum ($5.95).

Edward Bennett Williams should have a good book in him about his spectacular career of defending some of the most violently unpopular of public figures. At 42, Williams has made upwards of $150,000 a year for standing between an aroused society and the likes of Jimmy Hoffa and Frank Costello. In times past, Williams has taken on various branches of the U.S. Government in behalf of Senator Joseph McCarthy, David Beck, Bernard Goldfine, allegedly Communist Hollywood writers and Confidential Magazine. But Williams has chosen instead to devote his first book to fervent advocacy of...

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