Books: Honorable Profession

NO FINAL VICTORIES

by LAWRENCE F. O'BRIEN

394 pages. Doubleday. $12.50.

No one's knowledge of Democratic national politics over the past 22 years will be entirely complete without this account by the man who operated so long at its stormy center. Larry O'Brien is one of the most decent men in a profession currently held in low esteem; he is also a tough Irishman who has shed more tears in joy and sorrow than ought to be allotted any single lifetime in politics.

Out of sudsy neighborhood political debate in his immigrant father's cafe and...

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