Books: Blind Tributes BEHIND THE SCENES

by Michael K. Deaver with Mickey Herskowitz Morrow; 272 pages; $17.95

During his four years as White House deputy chief of staff, Michael Deaver was the protector and projector of Ronald's and Nancy Reagan's public images. He was the "Vicar of Visuals," master of the carefully managed photo opportunities that became a hallmark of the Reagan Administration. Yet again and again in this intendedly affectionate memoir, he offers up intimate snapshots that undercut his previous handiwork.

Concerning the First Lady, whom Deaver describes as his best friend, he seems blind to an unseemly implication when he writes, "Nancy raised half a million dollars herself for the Joffrey Ballet, and ((Son)) Ron turned...

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