Press: Stealing a Book Is Theft

A judge condemns the early exposure of the Ford memoirs

Books by ex-Presidents have become a lucrative business. Each of the past four occupants of the White House made more money writing his memoirs than he earned in salary while President. But some citizens, especially journalists, have objected to former high officials' profiting from their inside knowledge. Victor Navasky, editor of the 117-year-old leftist weekly the Nation (circ. 48,000), raised that argument, among others, in April 1979 to justify his printing a 2,250-word article on President Gerald R. Ford's pardon of President Nixon...

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