Books: Complex Justice

INDEPENDENT JOURNEY

by James F. Simon

Harper & Row; 454 pages; $16.95

Justice William O. Douglas was a vain man; the final evidence was the old liberal's insistence that his 81 years of life called for a two-volume autobiography totaling 860 pages. James F. Simon's realistic portrait spares readers some of the great Justice's lengthy lecture on the evils of McCarthyism and his expansive observations on six Presidents. The space saved is devoted in part to Douglas' personal life, including the rather novel relationships with his final three wives, whom Douglas neglected to mention...

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