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THE CITY by John V. Lindsay, 240 pages. Norton. $5.95.

His first administration took office to the screeching brakes of an immobilizing transit strike. Thereafter the city lost half its major daily newspapers, endured a monumental garbage strike, suffered the paralyzing aftermath of a great snowstorm, and mourned the loss of numberless school days as a result of the worst school strike in U.S. history.

Thus it was that last year John Vliet Lindsay stood for re-election as mayor of New York City trailing clouds of trouble and portents of defeat. Everyone knows...

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