Books: Oblomov for President

NOBODY KNOWS: REFLECTIONS ON

THE MCCARTHY CAMPAIGN OF 1968 by

Jeremy Lamer. 189 pages. Macmillan. $4.95.

His campaign was one of the great astonishments of an implausible year. He piped up an army of some of the nation's best youth. As much as any other man, he helped to unhorse a President and turn the U.S. toward a withdrawal from Viet Nam. He seemed to represent those rare qualities in American politics: intelligence, restraint, courage. For a time, his followers thought, he legitimized a new politics of participation; 1968 became, as he later wrote, "the Year of the People."

Yet where is McCarthy? After his...

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