Books: Law-and-Order

THE TRUTH ABOUT KENT STATE

by PETER DAVIES

242 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

$10. Paperback $3.50.

Many acts of the Nixon Administration emerge in a more sinister light these days. That is especially true of the Justice Department's original refusal, under Attorney General John Mitchell, to seek any indictments of Ohio National Guardsmen for killing four Kent State students in 1970.

There is a curious parallel between the Justice Department's handling of the Kent State investigation and its initial Watergate studies. In both cases high Justice Department officials lavishly praised the thoroughness of...

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