Books: Listening to the Voice of the Terkel


by STUDS TERKEL 316 pages. Pantheon. $10.

Next to Richard Nixon, the person whose career has been most dramatically affected by the tape recorder is Studs Terkel. Although he earned patchy renown as a Chicago radio-TV personality, Terkel's national prominence came through three books crammed with transcripts of other people's conversations: Division Street: America, Hard Times and Working. The subjects changed with each book, but Terkel's theme did not: I hear America speaking. All the while the most provocative talker was a rumpled man with floppy white hair and an...

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