Books: Maximum Attorney General

KENNEDY JUSTICE by Victor S. Navasky. 482 pages. Atheneum. $10.

As Attorney General, he started with an abundance of will, energy, style, shrewdness and good intentions. He appointed brilliant, loyal subordinates. He had in reserve a big brother who happened to be President. Applying these strengths in the normally stagnant Justice Department, Robert Kennedy quickly made waves—but then declined to walk on them.

In Kennedy Justice, Victor Navasky both mourns and explains the absence of miracles. He also coolly outlines and assesses what he regards as Kennedy's limited achievements: the elan with which he...

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