Books: Unguided Tour

THE LAWYERS by Martin Mayer. 586 pages. Harper & Row. $8.95.

As the John Gunther of American professions, Reporter-Author Martin Mayer has previously zipped through The Schools, Madison Avenue, U.S.A.

and Wall Street: Men and Money. Now he has taken on lawyers; and that, as a friend warned him, "is the big leagues."

Well aware of that fact, Mayer spent nearly six years preparing this book, which got to the publisher three years late. But for all his effort, he has mainly heft to show. His book carefully discusses almost every important tree in the legal forest, plus the forest itself.

But Mayer gives few...

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