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ROBERT KENNEDY AND HIS TIMES by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.; Houghton Mifflin; 1066 pages; $19.95

Because it is huge, exhaustively researched and written by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., an eminent historian who has won two Pulitzer Prizes, this biography will probably be heralded for years to come as the definitive portrait of Robert F. Kennedy. The book's breadth and scholarship merit this attention; future students of R.F.K. and his age could do far, far worse. But those too young to have experienced the 16 turbulent years of Kennedy's public life may leave Schlesinger's extended guided tour with a pronounced feeling of bewilderment....

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