Books: An Underdog-Eat-Underdog World

FORSAKING ALL OTHERS by Jimmy Breslin; Simon & Schuster; 431 pp.; $16.95

Jimmy Breslin's colleagues at the old New York Herald Tribune used to wonder how much of his Runyonesque column was fiction. The question was settled with the suggestion that Jimmy did not write fiction because he had enough trouble making up the truth. That, in part, was how the New Journalism was born. From barroom, cloakroom and police station, Breslin cut slices of life in which big guys squeezed little guys; people who read too many books didn't know what they were talking about; and politicians were vain, greedy and...

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