Books: A Tale of Two Newspapers

GOOD TIMES, BAD TIMES by Harold Evans Atheneum; 430 pages; $17.95

Being jilted or fired rarely brings out the best in people. In addition to the natural reactions of pain and anger, the dismissee must cope with the nearly irresistible urge to whine. That injuring so-and-so will never get away with this: the whole, incriminating story must be told. Usually such narratives are limited in circulation to tolerant friends or impassive bartenders ("Set 'em up, Joe"). But a wider and possibly less sympathetic audience can be sought by those victims outraged and talented enough...

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