Books: Inflation

THE KENNEDY IMPRISONMENT by Garry Wills Atlantic-Little, Brown 310 pages; $14.95

Like many others, Author Garry Wills was surprised by Edward Kennedy's long nosedive through the 1980 Democratic primaries. The man who could not possibly lose to Jimmy Carter did so spectacularly. Plenty of explanations surfaced. The candidate ran halfheartedly, bowing to sense of duty rather than conviction; new austerities left voters impatient with free-spending liberal promises; Chappaquiddick would not go away; the hostages in Iran kept Carter safely off the hustings and out of Teddy's range. But Wills suspected that something...

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