Books: New York Superman

CITIZEN PAUL by Ralph Schoenstein Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 156 pages; $8.95

Newspapermen are usually too worn and worried to be credible as heroes, even to their own very young children. But to Ralph Schoenstein, his father was the New York version of Superman: "Not a mild-mannered reporter who put on a cape in a telephone booth, but a commanding editor who could use a telephone booth to get tickets to any sold-out Broadway show." Father Paul was city editor of Hearst's New York Journal-American, the U.S.'s biggest evening paper through the '40s and '50s. He had muscular clout as well; his...

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