Books: Party Of One OUT OF STEP: AN UNQUIET LIFE IN THE 20TH CENTURY

At 84, Sidney Hook seems to have preserved all and pardoned none -- including himself. If any error occurred in the past, it was duly noted, to be summoned up on some appropriate occasion. Out of Step is the occasion. Hook is currently a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace in Stanford, Calif. All three subjects are specialties of the man who believes that "the central problem of our time is . . . the defense and enrichment of a free and open society against totalitarianism."

He began life in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn,...

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