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THE EDUCATION OF A PUBLIC MAN

by HUBERT H.HUMPHREY

513 pages. Doubleday. $12.50.

Over a period of nearly three decades, the highly chronicled career of Hubert Humphrey must have used up an ocean of ink and enough film to jam the hold of Queen Elizabeth 2. Beyond that, the former vice president is one of the most garrulous men in history. Is an autobiography necessary? Has anything been left unsaid? In truth, not a great deal. Humphrey's autobiography lays bare few secrets. It is an inside story only in the sense that it gets inside the subject in a manner no biographer could do....