Books: Living for Two

ADLAI STEVENSON OF ILLINOIS by JOHN BARTLOW MARTIN 828 pages. Doubleday. $15.

Harry Truman had just announced that he would not seek re-election in 1952. Democrats anxiously converged on Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson and pressured him to make the race. His head buried in his hands, almost on the verge of tears, Adlai blurted: "This will probably shock you, but at the moment, I don't give a damn what happens to the country."

By the standards of 1976, when a clutch of candidates are lusting for the presidency, that anomie seems as remote as...

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