Books: This Year's Pundit

WITHOUT MARX OR JESUS by Jean-François Revel. 269 pages. Doubleday. $6.95.

Jean-François Revel has been described by Mary McCarthy as having a "bullish" aspect, a "broad-browed, head-lowered promise of some intransigent charge into the arena." With critical hoofs stamping and literary horns waggling, what Revel gores is myths. After teaching in Florence, for instance, he wrote a book suggesting, among other heresies, that Italian men are far less virile than popular legend has it.

In France as a columnist for the weekly L'Express, Revel cast his beady eye upon a more solid target, sacred, large, fixed as a monument: Charles de Gaulle...

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