Books: Odyssey of Divisiveness

WHITE KNIGHT: THE RISE OF SPIRO AGNEW

by JULES WITCOVER

465 pages. Random House. $10.

The hands of the Spiro Agnew watches move on, a dated joke. The man—no joke—moves on too. In 31 years he has advanced from "Spiro who?" to the most famous Vice President in U.S. history—but he is still an enigma.

Exactly who is Spiro Theodore Agnew and why is he saying all those terrible things about radic-libs? Jules Witcover, Washington correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, addresses himself to these questions like a good newspaperman: patiently, in detail. His trusting...

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