Books: The Ticket That Exploded

MANAGING MAILER by Joe Flaherty. 222 pages. Coward-McCann. $5.95.

"What we are running on," New York Mayoral Candidate Norman Mailer told the voters last year, "is one basic simple notion, which is that till people see where their ideas lead, they know nothing." For years Mailer has been following and accepting the consequences of his own ideas, most notably those about the revitalizing effects of physical violence. Indeed, the main point that lunges out of former Campaign Manager Joe Flaherty's shrewdly conceived, vigorously written and entertaining account of Mailer's Visigothic raid into forum politics is the novelist's need to test his genius...

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