Books: Understanding Blue Mother

LETTER TO THE ALUMNI by John Hersey. 145 pages. Knopf. $4.95.

Author-Reporter John Hersey (A Bell for Adano, Hiroshima, The Algiers Motel Incident) got out of Yale with the class of 1936. The subject of his book is Yale during last spring's May Day demonstrations, when undergraduates supported eight Black Panthers accused of murder, kidnaping or conspiracy in New Haven. Hersey was no blimpish Old Blue come back for the weekend to gnash his teeth.

Five years ago, Yale President Kingman Brewster invited Hersey to join the Yale staff as a sort of nonprofessorial gadfly-in-residence....

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