Books: True Drew

DREW PEARSON: DIARIES 1949-1959

Edited by TYLER ABELL

592 pages. Holt, Rinehart& Winston. $15.

He was, according to a Senator from Tennessee, "an ignorant liar, a pusillanimous liar, a peewee liar, a natural-born liar, a liar for a living." F.D.R. concurred. Joe McCarthy kicked him in the groin. Harry Truman ranked him among his top s.o.b.s. In fact, Columnist Drew Pearson was often misinformed and vindictive in the pursuit of his foes, but he was never intentionally mendacious. A courtly Quaker gentleman, he raked muck with a silver hoe—he married money and made...

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