Books: Mimesis

IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST by Marvin Kalb and Ted Koppel Simon & Schuster; 371 pages; $10

United States Secretary of State Felix John Vandenberg—slim, silver-haired, tallish, Wasp—speaks with "the lingering trace of a British accent, which had been acquired at Eton and Oxford." In every other respect, save perhaps his fingerprints, the "Vandenberg" concocted by Television Diplomatic Correspondents Ted Koppel and Marvin Kalb is a pretty fair forgery of Henry Kissinger. Vandenberg is brilliant, indefatigable, charming, overbearing, devious, menacing even in self-deprecation. To his oldest friend and subordinate he says things like, "You know, Frank, with a superhuman effort on both...

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