Books: September Song

CELEBRATION by HARVEY SWADOS 348 Pages. Simon & Schuster. $8.95.

Everybody wants a piece of Uncle Sam Lumen, even though he is practically 90. The President of the U.S. is after Sam's famous name for a National Child Center. At the denim end of the political fabric, a band of radical youths known as the Children of Liberty arrogantly demand his support against the Establishment. In between, friends, disciples and devotees strive to keep old Sam buttoned to their own self-interest.

Lumen himself is an old-school radical and internationalist. He muckraked like Lincoln Steffens....

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