Books: Circle of One

MY LIFE

by GOLDA MEIR 480 pages. Putnam. $12.50.

There are few odder couples than Pope Paul VI and Golda Meir. The disparity overwhelmed even Mrs. Meir two years ago as she prepared for the first official meeting between an Israeli Premier and a Roman Catholic Pontiff. "Imagine," she remarked to her aides. "I, the daughter of Moshe Mabovitch, who was just an ordinary carpenter, am actually on my way to the Holy See to meet the Pope." "Don't forget," retorted her assistant, "carpenters have a special standing there." Now that Mrs. Meir has...

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