THE ABUSE OF POWER: THE PERMANENT GOVERNMENT AND THE FALL OF NEW YORK
by JACK NEWFIELD and PAUL DU BRUL
368 pages. Viking. $12.50.
In the movie Network, a manic anchorman exhorts his listeners to proclaim through open windows that they won't take abuse any more. In real journalism, Jack Newfield screams a similar demand, but he wants his audience to protest in closed voting booths. Rage rather than dementia drives this full-time muckrakerone reason why his novelty value has survived six books and hundreds of articles; few can match the fresh indignation he brings to old scams.
The question of who maimed...