Books: The Long Goodbye

"JOHNNY, WE HARDLY KNEW YE" by KENNETH P. O'DONNELL and DAVID F. POWERS with JOE McCARTHY 434 pages. Little, Brown. $8.95.

The hard-eyed reappraisers are all over the Camelot of John F. Kennedy these days, checking the towers with their plumb lines, chipping at the mortar between the stones, skeptically testing the house that Jack built for substance and integrity. And please don't talk to them about "style."

Devaluation is becoming the mode. In The Best and the Brightest David Halberstam sees Camelot as an act of hubris created by overconfident young jerry-builders....

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