Books: The Higher Pantherism

AN AMERICAN VERDICT

by MICHAEL J.ARLEN

216 pages. Doubleday. $6.95.

THE BRIAR PATCH

by MURRAY KEMPTON

282 pages. Dutton. $7.95.

Here are two of the nation's more stylish and intelligent white writers bringing back the Black Panthers for postmortems. Michael Arlen examines the 1969 raid in which 14 heavily armed Chicago plainclothesmen broke into a Panther headquarters and killed Panthers Fred Hampton and Mark Clark. Murray Kempton recapitulates the trial of the 21 Panthers who allegedly conspired to murder policemen and blow up New York department stores. In each case, the author's sympathies are...

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