Books: Jungle Habitat

A TIME TO DIE

by TOM WICKER

342 pages. Quadrangle. $10.

The 1971 prison rebellion at Attica, N.Y., was part of a siege of domestic violence that began with the assassination of John F. Kennedy and continued in a demoralizing blur through the deaths of R.F.K., Martin Luther King, the flames of Newark and Watts, the bashing by (and of) war protesters, the torn victims of radical bombings, and the savage abbreviation of young lives at Kent and Jackson State.

Tom Wicker's career soared on such turbulence. As a correspondent for the New York Times,...

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