Books: The Way to Go

RESIGNATION IN PROTEST by EDWARD WEISBAND and

THOMAS M. FRANCK

236 pages. Grossman/Viking. $10.

Unlike their counterparts in Britain, who often depart noisily for reasons of political principle, resigning American Cabinet members and high Washington bureaucrats tend to leave the Government like guests who have been to a bad party but are too polite to say so. They smile gamely; they send the President thank-you notes.

Such soft-shoe exits, say the authors of this persuasive book, are unhealthy for the U.S. The reason: they often help turn misguided policies into national disasters without ever bringing them to public issue from within the Government itself. The...

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