Books: Dusty Battles

THE SECRET DIARY OF HAROLD ICKES:

THE FIRST THOUSAND DAYS, Vol. I (738 pp.)—Simon & Schuster ($6).

That irascible old Bull Mooser, Harold Le Claire Ickes, was 58 when Franklin Roosevelt was elected President in 1932; he had put in nearly 30 years fighting for lost political causes, and he seemed almost taken aback at finding himself on the winning side at last. He recovered quickly. In 13 years as Secretary of the Interior, Honest Harold (a nickname that made him squirm) became a national institution. His bristling incorruptibility, his old-fashioned reformer's views, his...

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