Books: Growlings He Got Hungry and Forgot His Manners

by Jimmy Breslin Ticknor & Fields; 275 pages; $17.95

Jimmy Breslin is happiest when he is making himself and others angry. He has successfully done so as a New York City newspaper columnist, a sporadic television personality, and the author of six novels. He got his big break in the early '60s at the New York Herald Tribune, where his colleagues included the Richmond dandy Tom Wolfe. The contrast between the two journalists was stark. Wolfe, elegant and soft-spoken, paralyzed his victims with a distinctive satire for which there is still no antidote. Breslin looked like a dented truck, talked loud and dirty, and went after his targets (the city's...

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