DEBTS OF HONOUR
by Michael Foot
Harper & Row; 240 pages; $13.95
It is as if Tip O'Neill had published a series of erudite feuilletons on such figures as Hawthorne, Henry Adams and William Randolph Hearst; or Howard Baker had come out with a sheaf of witty commentaries on the likes of Whitman, Santayana and Bernard Baruch. Michael Foot is, after all, not a professional man of letters. He is a politician, the leader of Britain's Labor Party, and, as such, his country's shadow Prime Minister.
Such stateside equivalents are almost beyond imagination. On their...